Two deflected goals for Roma saw the visitors win 3-1 at Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli keeper Morgan De Sanctis fumbled the ball into his own goal in the third minute of a frustrating night for the home team who could not turn their dominance into goals.
Paolo Osvaldo doubled the visitor’s advantage on 59 minutes as he finished Francesco Totti’s delicious deep cross.
The lively Marek Hamsik got a goal back with eight minutes to go, but the comeback was short lived as Paolo Cannavaro deflected a Fabio Simplicio drive up and over his own keeper and into the back of the net.
The result leaves Napoli 12 points off the top of the league in a season when they were fancied to be challenging for the league title. While Roma move to 9 position, now with the same number of points as tonight’s opponents.