Gonzalo Higuaín struck twice as SSC Napoli made a timely return to form with a 4-2 victory away to struggling SS Lazio, their first at the Rome club in five years.
Napoli went into the game on the back of three successive defeats and though Higuaín lifted spirits with the opening goal midway through the first half, Rafael Benítez must have feared the worst when Valon Behrami put through his own net within 60 seconds. Another ex-Lazio player, Goran Pandev, restored the advantage after half-time, however, and Higuaín's second of the match effectively sealed it before the teams exchanged late goals.
Higuaín had not scored from open play in Serie A since 22 September but the manner in which he burst through the Lazio defence, held off Michael Ciani's challenge and fired in the opener suggested otherwise. His second, from Pandev's through ball, was also emphatic, and while Keita Baldé created a few nerves when he made it 3-2 with two minute left. José Callejón's well-taken strike sealed victory.
Napoli therefore returned to third, leapfrogging FC Internazionale Milano and an ACF Fiorentina team that also scored four on Monday in an absorbing encounter with Hellas Verona FC. It was 2-2 inside 14 minutes, with Borja Valero scoring twice for the hosts, but two goals in 11 minutes either side of half-time through Juan Vargas and Giuseppe Rossi (a penalty) proved decisive. Jorginho replied (72) but Fiorentina held on to win 4-3.
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