Napoli beat Inter 2-1 at the Stadio San Paolo in Serie A on Monday evening to overtake their opponents and go top of Serie A.
Gonzalo Higuain grabbed two goals for the home side while Adem Ljajic scored for the Nerazzurri, who had Yuto Nagatomo sent off in the first half.
The home side wasted no time at all in setting the pace and took the lead after just two minutes.
Jose Callejon bundled the ball into the path of Higuain in the visitors’ penalty area and the Argentine, who has been in lethal form this season, produced a typically powerful right-footed finish to make it 1-0.
The Partenopei continued to press high up the pitch after their opener making it difficult for Inter to keep possession for sustained periods and a long-range shot over the bar from Fredy Guarin was the closest they came to troubling Pepe Reina in the opening 30 minutes.
Things got worse for the Nerazzurri just before half-time when Nagatomo picked up his second yellow card for a foul on Allan and received his marching orders to leave his side with a huge task in the second half.
The task became all the more difficult after 62 minutes when Higuain burst through the Inter defence to latch onto a Raul Albiol header and finish past Samir Handanovic in clinical fashion to make it 2-0.
The visitors however hit back five minutes later through Ljajic who pulled one back with a low, left-footed shot past Reina to make it 2-1.
The Nerazzurri hit the woodwork twice in the closing stages but Napoli were able to see the game out for the victory which sees them leap-frog their opponents and assume their position at the top of the Serie A table.