Fiorentina have ended a four-game away losing streak by defeating Lazio 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to move into fourth place on the Serie A table on Sunday night.
Goals from Stevan Jovetic in the 20th minute and Adem Ljajic five minutes after the restart helped La Viola to boost their chances for European qualification for next season.
Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic had to do without Antonio Candreva, who was suspended for this clash, but regained both Giuseppe Biava and Andre Dias from the side that beat Stuttgart last Thursday in the Europa League, whilst Vincenzo Montella replaced the suspended Alberto Aquilani with Giulio Migliaccio.
Jovetic should have opened the scoring minutes into the game when he scoffed a chance from a Manuel Pasqual cross. Lorik Cana failed to clear the danger, falling to the forward, but he ballooneed his shot from six yards.
Juan Cuadrado almost lit up the match with a rocketing shot from distance, but Lazio shot-stopper Federico Marchetti did well to parry the opportunity away.
Adem Ljajic was allowed too much space on the left side of the park, who then spotted Borja Valero on the edge of the area. The former Villarreal midfielder let the ball run past him and Jovetic was the first to react, and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner past the outstretched Marchetti on 20 minutes.
Lazio sparked to life, looking to equalise proceedings through Ederson, but his shot was saved by Emiliano Viviano close to the post.
However, it was the Viola who looked like scoring the next goals, as Jovetic could have doubled his lead had it not been for Cana again being in the right place at the right time.
Andre Dias should have done better with a corner ricocheted into the defender's path after the half-hour, but he scuffed his attempt.
The Biancocelesti had a wonderful counter-attacking chance prior to the half-time break when Senad Lulic found Cristian Ledesma in space. However, the midfielder failed to connect properly with his foot, and the ball fell for Ederson, but the Brazilian was caught off-guard.
Despite Lazio's best attempts, an Adem Ljajic free-kick after the restart extended the Gigliati's lead. The 21-year-old curled his goal over the wall, catching Marchetti out of position.
Viviano stepped up as he was forced to make two crucial saves. He palmed a long-range Hernanes free-kick and them and chested a Sergio Floccari volley after Stevan Savic failed to clear the danger.
Fiorentina moved into the top four, overtaking Inter Milan and Lazio on 48 points, one point ahead of both teams.