Napoli kept up the pressure on Juventus with a comfortable 3-0 win over Pescara on Saturday.
Walter Mazzarri’s side needed three points to ensure the league leaders could not wrap up the Serie A title this week, but found the bottom side hard to break down in the first half.
It was a different story after the break, though, with Gokhan Inler scoring almost straight away. Goran Pandev added the second midway through the second half, leaving Blerim Dzemaili to complete the win eight minutes from time.
Napoli are now within eight points of Juve, who play their game in hand on Sunday – a Turin derby meeting with Torino.
Earlier, Udinese kept their European qualification hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Cagliari at the Stadio Is Arenas, stretching their winning run to four.
A second-half goal from Roberto Pereyra was enough in a tight affair between two top-10 sides, as Cagliari ended the game with 10 men after Mauricio Pinilla was shown a red card deep into stoppage time.
Elsewhere, Atlanta and Bologna played out a 1-1 draw as both sides edged closer to safety.
Luigi Giorgi opened the scoring for the home side before Alberto Gilardino equalised with 15 minutes remaining.