Khouma Babacar scored twice as Fiorentina checked the progress of surprise package Udinese with an emphatic 3-0 victory at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
The Tuscans had been marooned in mid-table due to inconsistent results at their Florence base but goals either side of half-time from Babacar blew out the cobwebs and put third-placed Udinese firmly on the back foot.
The young Senegalese looked like grabbing a third in the later phases, yet it was Fiorentina mainstay Borja Valero who scored the final...
Udinese maintained their unbeaten run at home with a 2-0 triumph over Atalanta on Sunday afternoon.
Veteran forward Antonio Di Natale put the hosts on their way in the sixth minute and later set up team-mate Cyril Thereau for Udinese's second before half-time.
Udinese bounced back from their 1-0 defeat at Torino last time out and climbed, possibly temporarily, to third in Serie A.
AC Milan can leapfrog them into third if they beat Fiorentina later on Sunday.
The visitors, who have the least prolific...
Udinese will be glad to see the back of Turin this season after losing in the Piedmont city for the second time.
Their former forward Fabio Quagliarella did the damage as Torino beat the high-flyers 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to inflict only the second defeat on Andrea Stramaccioni's side this season, the other a 2-0 loss to city rivals Juventus.
Quagliarella scored his fourth goal in as many Serie A games on the hour mark, but chose not to celebrate out of respect for his former club.