Serie A Wrap: Higuain double downs Milan, Fiorentina win
By Football News
Gonzalo Higuain's double gave Napoli a 3-1 victory as Clarence Seedorf suffered his first Serie A defeat since being appointed Milan coach.
A debut goal from on-loan midfielder Adel Taarabt gave Milan the lead against the run of play after only seven minutes at Stadio San Paolo on Saturday.
Rafael Benitez's side had not won in three Serie A games and were also beaten by Roma in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg in midweek, but there was no sign of their lack of form as they dominated from start to finish.
Gokhan Inler equalised three minutes after Taarabt's measured right-foot finish with a left-footed effort that looped over Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.
Abbiati was lucky to escape with a yellow card when he brought down Dries Mertens, but Higuain struck twice after the break to give the Naples outfit a much-needed win.
First the striker headed home an inviting cross from Inler and he then took his tally for the season to 17 goals in all competitions with his second of the game eight minutes from time after Jose Maria Callejon squared the ball to give him simple finish.
Defeat for Milan was their first in the league since Seedorf was appointed and they were fortunate not to have lost by a more emphatic margin.
Benitez's charges are now three points behind second-placed Roma - who have two games in hand - and three clear of Fiorentina, who beat Atalanta 2-0 earlier in the day.
Rafal Wolski scored his first Serie A goal as the Florence outfit brought the Bergamo club back down to earth following their 3-0 win over Napoli last weekend.
Josip Ilicic put Vincenzo Montella's side in front with a measured free-kick at Stadio Artemio Franchi after 16 minutes and he was also denied by the post before Polish midfielder Wolski's left-foot finish four minutes from time sealed the points.
In the only other game to be played on Saturday, Udinese heaped more misery on struggling Chievo win a 3-0 home victory.
Evergreen striker Antonio Di Natale scored his third goal in as many games in the second half and further goals from Bruno Fernandes and Emmanuel Badu stretched sorry Chievo's winless run to nine games in all competitions and ensured they remain just a point above the relegation zone.