Higuain off the mark as Hamsik stars in Chievo win
Marek Hamsik scored his second brace in as many Serie A games and Gonzalo Higuain netted his first goal for Napoli as Rafael Benitez's side won 4-2 at Chievo on Saturday.
Higuain, signed in the close season from Real Madrid, made his debut for Napoli last weekend when Slovakian star Hamsik got two of the goals in a 3-0 defeat of Bologna.
The Argentine striker tested the nerves of his new employers in midweek when he suffered a freak accident during a day out on a boat, requiring 10 stitches to his nose and face after falling onto rocks.
But after being passed fit for the visit to Verona, Higuain allayed fears further when he scored Napoli's fourth to put the match beyond reach of the hosts and leave his side top of the the table ahead of Lazio's visit to champions Juventus on Saturday night.
Early on, Higuain stung the palms of Chievo 'keeper Christian Puggioni before Lorenzo Insigne, starting in place of Goran Pandev, squared for Hamsik to fire the ball in off the inside of the upright in the 13th minute.
However, Chievo soon drew level after Alberto Paloschi tapped in Perparim Hetemaj's ball across the face of goal.
Napoli were back in front before the half-hour mark, with Spanish winger Jose Callejon firing home from Higuain's low cross for his second goal in as many games.
Paloschi almost had his second after pouncing on a poor Christian Maggio backpass to chip Pepe Reina, only for his effort to come off the post and into the arms of the 'keeper.
But five minutes from half-time Paloschi did get his second, the Italian turning to nutmeg Reina from close in after Napoli failed to clear a corner.
Chievo's hopes of securing a share of the spoils fell apart in six second-half minutes, though.
Hamsik restored Napoli's lead when he fired home after Gokhan Inler's passs was poorly dealt with by the Chievo defence.
And Higuain sealed the win when he burst into the box and pounced on a lucky ricochet from Insigne's delivery to bundle the ball past Puggioni.