Dybala nets brace as Juventus cruise; Fiorentina honour Davide Astori in win

Dybala nets brace as Juventus cruise; Fiorentina honour Davide Astori in win
From ESPN - March 11, 2018

Juventus secured a 2-0 home victory against Udinese to return to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday.

Spirits were high following their dramatic Wembley comeback against Tottenham in the Champions League in midweek, and Paulo Dybala opened the scoring when he fizzed a free kick into the top corner in the 20th minute.

Gonzalo Higuain missed a 38th-minute penalty, won by Dybala, but soon made amends by setting up Dybala's second shortly after the break.

Fiorentina paid tribute to their late captain Davide Astori before and during the 1-0 win over Benevento at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The club were playing their first game since Astori died suddenly in his sleep at the team hotel last week.

Fans unveiled banners in his honour and players warmed up in shirts bearing his name and shirt number 13, while the match was halted in the 13th minute for applause.

Vitor Hugo headed the only goal in the 25th minute and celebrated by hugging coach Stefano Pioli before raising a shirt with a picture of Astori on it to the crowd.

Lazio suffered a setback in their bid to gatecrash the top three despite Ciro Immobile pouncing in stoppage time to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw at Cagliari.

The Sardinians scored first when Leonardo Pavoletti latched on to a loose ball after Han Kwang-song had headed against the bar.

Luca Ceppitelli, trying to stop Lucas Leiva shooting, put through his own goal to level the scores.


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