Juventus go top after Napoli draw; Fiorentina honour Davide Astori in win

Juventus go top after Napoli draw; 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.

The win, coupled with Napoli's 0-0 draw at Inter Milan later in the day, put Massimiliano Allegri's men one point ahead of Maurizio Sarri's challengers as they try to win a seventh straight Scudetto title.

Three points from their evening trip to Milan would have restored their status as front-runners for the league title, which they have not won since 1990, but ambitious Inter held firm.

Napoli could even find themselves four points adrift of Juve should the Bianconeri make the most of their game in hand against Atalanta, which takes place in Turin on Wednesday night.

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.

AC Milan bounced back from their Europa League defeat to Arsenal as substitute Andre Silva fired the Rossoneri to a 1-0 success at Genoa with practically the last kick of the game.

Amazingly it was a first league goal for Silva in Milan colours, following his 38 million transfer from Porto last June.


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