Higuain punishes former club as Juventus wins 1-0 at Napoli

Roma's Edin Dzeko, left, scores his side's first goal during an Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Spal, at the Olympic stadium in Rome, Friday, Dec. 1st, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain punished his former club with an early goal in a 1-0 win at Serie A leader Napoli on Friday that tightened the title race.

Playing with a broken left hand that was operated on four days earlier, Higuain took a pass from Paulo Dybala and finished off a swift counterattack with an accurate shot inside the near post past charging goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Six-time defending champion Juventus moved ahead of Inter Milan into second place and within one point of Napoli, which was handed its first loss of the season.

Conceding a goal to Higuain was particularly painful for Napoli. Two seasons ago, the Argentina international scored 36 goals for Napoli to break a 66-year-old Serie A record. Then he transferred to Juventus for an Italian-record 90 million euros ($100 million) and he has now scored five goals in five matches against Napoli.

Earlier, fourth-place Roma beat 10-man Spal 3-1.

Inter can take the lead with a win over Chievo Verona on Sunday.