Inter Milan playmaker HakanCalhanoglu continued his good run in front of goal after he scored the opener as the Nerazzuribeat hosts and newly promoted side Venezia 2-0 in the league to close the gap on the top two teams as far as the Italian Serie A is concerned.

Inter Milan were able to establish a 1-0 lead at the half-time interval thanks to the first half strike from Calhanoglu. He scored the opening goal of the Italian Serie A match on Saturday night from outside the box to take his scoring run to three games. He has now scored four goals in 12 league appearances for the Nerazzuri this season to match his tally of four goals in 33 league games for Milan last season.

Calhanoglu courted controversy in the summer when he refused to extend his contract at AC Milan. The Turkish player then opted to join Italian Serie A holders and city rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.

Turkish international Calhanoglu has been a consistent scorer of goals from outside the box and he did it again during the Venezia game this weekend. He has now scored 26 goals since the start of the 2013/14 season to match club teammate Christian Eriksen. Calhanoglu is joint second to Lionel Messi when it comes to scoring goals from outside the box. Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Lionel Messi has scored 61 times away from the opposition box. Inter Milan star Calhanoglu definitely has a lot of work to do if he wants to match the efficiency of Lionel Messi in scoring goals from outside the opposition box.

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez scored from the spot with virtually the last kick of the game after he was fouled to double the lead given to his team by the aforementioned Calhanoglu. The away win over Venezia has taken Inter Milan to within one point of both Milan and Napoli at the Italian Serie A summit.