Higuain brace breaks Lazio

Napoli consolidated third place after sinking Lazio 4-2 and Fiorentina came from behind to win a seven-goal thriller against Hellas Verona 4-3 in Serie A on Monday evening.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice as Napoli returned to winning ways with a 4-2 away win at Lazio.

Higuain ended a 71-day personal goal-drought when he put the visitors ahead in the 24th minute before an own goal from Valon Behrami brought Lazio level seconds later.

Goran Pandev put Napoli back in front early in the second half and Higuain made it 3-1 after 72 minutes.

Lazio substitute Keita Balde Diao gave the hosts a lifeline with three minutes remaining but Jose Maria Callejon would kill the game off in stoppage time.

The victory sees Napoli bounce back from successive defeats to Juventus, Parma and Borussia Dortmund in the last fortnight.

Napoli, who are third, have now closed the gap on second-placed Roma to three points while they have increased their advantage over nearest rivals Inter Milan to four points.

Lazio, meanwhile, have dropped to ninth position with their winless run extending to six league games.

In Florence Borja Valero put the hosts ahead in the fifth minute but two goals in seven minutes from Romulo and Juan Iturbe put Hellas in front.

Valero levelled matters in the 14th minute before Juan Vargas gave Fiorentina a 3-2 half-time lead.

The visitors suffered a blow when Bosko Jankovic was shown a red card for a handball offence in his own area and Giuseppe Rossi scored the resulting penalty before the hour mark.

Jorginho reduced the arrears with 18 minutes remaining but the visitors could not find the equaliser.

The victory keeps Fiorentina in fifth place, level on 27 points with Inter Milan.

Hellas are one spot and five points behind Fiorentina.