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Cristiano Biraghi Dedicates Italy's Winning Goal To The Late Davide Astori

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.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

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.

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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.

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"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."

Topics: Football News, Football, Davide Astori, Fiorentina, Italy

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