Napoli outclass Milan, Fiorentina win
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Gonzalo Higuain scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season as Napoli outclassed AC Milan 3-1 at the San Paolo to grab their first Serie A win in four games.

Napoli succumbed 3-2 to Roma in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final in midweek and welcomed an apparently resurgent Milan side hoping to return to winning ways after two successive draws and a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta last week.

However any fears that Milan would cause an upset were dashed by a commanding home performance which left striker Mario Balotelli in tears after he was replaced with 20 minutes remaining.

Milan, unbeaten in three league games since Clarence Seedorf took the helm, stunned the hosts when Moroccan Adel Taarabt scored a fine individual effort seven minutes into his debut.

However a Gokhan Inler shot was deflected into Christian Abbiati's net barely four minutes later and as the Rossoneri failed to fire, the hosts turned on the class to see Higuain strike in the 56th and 82nd minutes.

Fiorentina, Udinese win at home
Napoli's 14th win restored their three-point lead over Fiorentina, who beat Atalanta 2-0 earlier, although Rafael Benitez's side are 12 points behind leaders Juventus. 

Josip Ilicic and Rafa Wolski struck in either half in Fiorentina's win over Atalanta

Ilicic broke the deadlock with a sumptuous free-kick in the 16th minute taking Vincenzo Montella's side on to a comprehensive win.

Atalanta had stunned Napoli 3-0 in Bergamo last week but despite creating several half-chances Stefano Colantuono's men were ultimately lucky not to have conceded more.

Atalanta's frustrations came to a head ten minutes before the final whistle when Luca Cigarini saw red for a second bookable offence after a foul on Chilean Matias Fernandez.

Fiorentina quickly capitalised, and after beating the offside trap on the halfway line Wolski danced around two challenges inside the area before beating Andrea Consigli with a cool finish at the keeper's far post.

Elsewhere, veteran striker Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring in the 56th minute to help spark a 3-0 win for Udinese over struggling Chievo which pushed the hosts two places up the table.

Juventus, who sit top with a nine-point lead on Roma, who have a game in hand, travel to Verona Sunday when Roma face Lazio in the city derby.