Fiorentina returned to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Frosinone as Napoli squandered their chance to grab pole position with a 0-0 draw at Genoa. (Read more football stories here)
Paulo Sousa's Fiorentina grabbed all their goals in the first half at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
They replaced Inter Milan who had briefly gone top on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Roma who in turn had led going into the weekend.
Sousa opted to make several changes to his starting XI, resting leading scorer Nikola Kalinic in order to allow Mati Fernandez to play behind Khouma Babacar.
Newly-promoted minnows Frosinone handed goalkeeper Massimo Zappino his top flight debut, and the Viola ensured he was heavily involved in the action.
Yet after making an early save from Babacar, the 34-year-old was unable to prevent a cross from Ante Rebic bouncing in off the frame of his goal following a deflection.
If there was some fortune to Fiorentina's opener, there was little doubt of the quality of the second as Gonzalo Rodriguez netted with a sublime back-heeled effort.
Babacar got on the scoresheet with a chipped penalty before Mario Suarez stole the ball and slotted past Zappino with ease.
After the break, Fiorentina understandably eased the pressure on their mismatched opponents, eventually allowing Frosinone midfielder Alessandro Frara a late consolation goal.
"I have always said we can compete with anyone and that means we can compete for the Scudetto," Sousa told Mediaset Premium after the game.
"We must always be competitive and I believe our Scudetto must be continually seeking a winning mentality."
Maurizio Sarri's Napoli are fourth, two points behind Fiorentina after a frustrating 0-0 draw at Genoa.
Napoli had won their five previous league fixtures, but benched Lorenzo Insigne following his outburst after being substituted in their midweek clash with Palermo.
The home side had goalkeeper Mattia Perin to thank as he made some remarkable saves to keep Napoli at bay, Jose Callejon testing him early on before Dries Mertens struck the post.
It was a hard-earned point for Genoa, particularly as they lost both Blerim Dzemaili and Ezequiel Munoz to injury in the first half.
After the restart, Sarri introduced both Insigne and Manolo Gabbiadini in search of a winning goal, but it never came.
Meanwhile, Bologna notched only their third win of the campaign, seeing off Atalanta 3-0 thanks to goals from Emanuele Giaccherini, Mattia Destro and Franco Brienza.
On Saturday, Inter downed 10-man Roma 1-0 with Gary Medel scoring the game's only goal, meaning they now trail Fiorentina in the table only by virtue of their inferior goal difference.
Meanwhile, reigning champions Juventus beat Turin rivals Torino 2-1 thanks to an injury time winner from on-loan Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado.