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...
AC Milan missed the chance to go third in Serie A as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fiorentina at the San Siro on Sunday night.
Nigel de Jong headed the Rossoneri into a 25th-minute lead, but second-half substitute Josip Ilicic fired La Viola level.
Two dropped points meant Filippo Inzaghi's side had to be content with sixth place, a point behind third-spotted Udinese, with the visitors down in 11th.
Milan went into the game on the back of two straight wins and started the match the stronger.
Juan Cuadrado has signed a new contract with Fiorentina that will keep him with the Serie A club until 2019.
The 26-year-old Colombian will receive close to 3 milion euros per year including bonuses, while the club set a buyout clause of 35 million euros.
"I'm happy for the renewal," Cuadrado wrote. "I thank my agent Alessandro Lucci, the Della Valle family, the club as a whole and in particular...