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Fiorentina routs Napoli to diminish Serie A hopes

Napoli’s hopes of winning Serie A for the first time since 1990 suffered a setback as a 3-0 rout at the hands of Fiorentina handed Juventus a clear advantage in the race for the title.

Defending champions Juve are four points clear with three games remaining.

Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off for kicking Giovanni Simeone, and the Argentinian struck thrice to lift La Viola to a first win in four games for mid-table Fiorentina.

Napoli played for 84 minutes with 10 men.

This season’s Serie A campaign has been one of the most exciting title chases in Europe’s major leagues, when Napoli moved to within a point of Juve after Koulibaly’s dramatic late headed winner against the leaders.

However, it is advantage Juventus again after Napoli suffered only their third league defeat of the season a day after Juve’s dramatic 3-2 win at Inter Milan.

Koulibaly was sent off after a video assistant referee (VAR) decision for preventing a clear scoring opportunity. Simeone then sprinted clear to set Fiorentina on their way and doubled the lead from close range.

Simeone, 22, completed his hat-trick with a composed finish in almost the last kick of the game.

Serie A games postponed as Italy mourns Fiorentina’s Davide Astori

Lega Serie A has postponed all weekend fixtures, including the Milan city derby on Sunday evening, in mourning of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

“Shocked by this tragic news, all of the family of the Lega Serie A warmly unites around the family of Davide Astori and Fiorentina,” a statement from the league on Sunday read. “All of today’s games are postponed due to mourning. Ciao Davide.”

Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori has died at the age of 31.

His club confirmed the news on Sunday morning in a statement posted on the club’s official website, with multiple outlets in Italy reporting the defender died of cardiac arrest in his hotel room before the game against Udinese.

“The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes,” Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said. “It is strange that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs.”

“A profoundly shocked Fiorentina are compelled to announce that their captain Davide Astori, who was struck by an unexpected sudden illness, has passed away,” the team said in a statement. “In this terrible and delicate situation, and in particular out of respect for his family, we appeal for everybody to show sensitivity.”

Genoa’s game with Cagliari, which was due to kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time, was postponed when the players were informed of the news during their warm-up routines.

Afterwards, an announcement was made at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris explaining the postponement, and fans applauded as a picture of Astori appeared on the big screens inside the stadium.

Torino subsequently announced that their fixture with Crotone before Lega Serie A eventually announced that all fixtures on the day will be postponed.