Cristiano Biraghi Dedicates Italy's Winning Goal To The Late Davide Astori
Italy's Cristiano Biraghi honoured his former teammate and captain, the late Davide Astori, after scoring a last-minute winner for the Azzurri against Poland.
The 26-year old left-back, who only received his first call up by Roberto Mancini last month, stabbed home from a corner in the 92nd minute of the UEFA Nations League game.
It was Italy's first goal from open play in five competitive matches and it was an emotional celebration from the Fiorentina defender.
As his teammates surrounded and piled on top of him, Biraghi looked up to the sky, and with his fingers, did the gesture of the number '13' - which was Astori's number for La Viola before he tragically passed away, aged 31, earlier this year.
GOAL!- Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) October 14, 2018
Italy finally break the deadlock in stoppage time - Cristiano Biraghi the unlikely match winner against Poland!
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"I dedicated my goal to Astori because if I'm here today with the Italian National Team, it's thanks to him too"- ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) October 14, 2018
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Cristiano Biraghi dedicated his goal yesterday to his former Fiorentina teammate Davide Astori. He held up the number "13" with his fingers after scoring. :flag_it: :purple_heart: pic.twitter.com/KuSDF9wy2Q- Raffaele (@ItalianoCalcio) October 15, 2018
Cristiano Biraghi celebrated scoring Italy's winning goal with a tribute to former Fiorentina captain Davide Astori :one::three::purple_heart: pic.twitter.com/5vhblDmshv- B/R Football (@brfootball) October 14, 2018
Biraghi also spoke about his fallen friend after the game, stating how it's down to him that he's playing for his country.
Astori is a part of me, like all my Fiorentina teammates and all those who played with him," the Italy hero told Rai Sport, via Football Italia, after the game.
"Having faced him in person, he made the biggest impact on us. The dedication for my goal goes to him because it's thanks to him that I'm here. He taught me so much."