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Watch as Inter pick up all three points in Venezia thanks to Hakan Calhanoglu and a harsh Lautaro Martinez penalty, but Samir Handanovic needed a great save too.
Calhanoglu unleashed a powerful effort from outside the box that bounced right in front of Sergio Romero to put the goalkeeper off.
Mattia Aramu almost surprised Handanovic from distance, forcing a fingertip save, while Ridgeciano Haps performed a goal-line clearance on Milan Skriniar’s header.
Deep into stoppages, Haps was harshly penalised for handball.
Lautaro Martinez celebrates his return to converting a penalty in the 2-0 win away to Venezia. ‘I hope to be the symbol of Inter in the future.’
The Argentina international sealed the scoreline in stoppages at the Stadio Penzo after a Hakan Calhanoglu strike from the edge of the box.
“We have positive sensations, this was a tough game, it was raining and my first time in this stadium,” Lautaro Martinez told Sky Sport Italia.
“We’re pleased to get the three points and it is very important that we keep pushing our way up the table, finding consistency in our results.”
It has been a remarkable week for Inter, who beat Serie A leaders Napoli, secured their spot in the Champions League Round of 16 after a decade away and then got this win in Venezia.
“We’ve got to continue like this. We have to take it one step at a time, because after many years we’re progressing in the Champions League despite a rough start. Now we’re finding the maturity and patience in every game.”
This was his return to converting a penalty after seeing it saved in the Milan Derby and he sent Sergio Romero the wrong way.
“It’s normal, when you make a mistake, it hurts, but these things happen. You only miss penalties if you are prepared to take them.”
Lautaro Martinez recently signed a new contract with Inter and was asked if he wants to be the club symbol going forward.
“I hope to be the symbol of Inter in future. I arrived here in 2018, I give everything for this jersey, we have the Scudetto symbol on the chest now and must continue to defend it.”
Simone Inzaghi acknowledges Inter are ‘in a good period of form’ after beating Venezia and shrugs off those who thought this would be ‘a transitional season’ just trying to stay afloat.
The Nerazzurri were remarkably solid, taking the lead after long periods of possession with a Hakan Calhanoglu strike from outside the box.
They held out under pressure after the break, eventually doubling their lead with a Lautaro Martinez penalty in stoppages.
“It’s a good period of form, it was our third game in six days, but we showed great character and played good football,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.
“The only negative is that we should’ve scored the second goal earlier, because Venezia are one of the surprises of the season and it’s not good to leave it open.
“We are Inter, we should’ve killed the game earlier, but in the circumstances we’re happy.”
After Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi left, many expected Inter to struggle this term, but Inzaghi has already done better than his predecessor, at least in Europe.
“I consider it a compliment. Inter are the champions of Italy, some said this was meant to be a transitional year, one focused on just saving the club, but I came here to find a club that supports me in everything and a squad of extraordinary lads.
“We brought in players suited to the project. We reached the Champions League Round of 16, which was the first objective, and will go to Real Madrid aiming to take first place in the group.”
Inzaghi was asked if he had told the players in pre-season that they had to prove they could win even without Lukaku and Hakimi?
“There was no need for that. I train some great players who are above all some great guys. Eriksen is another who was fantastic in the second half of last season and we are without.
“It’s a growth process, we brought in players who are functional to our idea of football and we keep going.
“Hopefully, Matteo Darmian doesn’t have anything serious, we are a little worried because he felt a pull and asked to come off.”
Paolo Zanetti was impressed with Venezia’s ‘spirit’ against Inter, but rues the failure to finish off good passing moves in a 2-0 home defeat.
The game was decided by a Hakan Calhanoglu snapshot from distance, which bounced just in front of Sergio Romero into the near bottom corner.
Deep into stoppages, Lautaro Martinez converted a very harsh penalty awarded for Ridgeciano Haps handball.
“The statistics say we had the right spirit, as we never gave in against a side that is on a different level, but we got into the final third so many times and didn’t make the right choices,” Zanetti told Sky Sport Italia.
“We passed the ball in an interesting way, but the moment we got to the edge of the box, we made some really simple errors. Inter also deserve credit for defending with five in those situations.
“Inter are certainly one of the favourites for the Scudetto along with Milan and Napoli. They combine great quality with physicality, stamina and tactical intelligence, so we knew it’d be difficult for us, but we take it as valuable experience.
“This is a wonderful experience for me too as a coach. I don’t know if I am educating the players, they are grown men, but I am trying to create a team mentality and introduce many of them to a different style of football than they are accustomed to.
“We are improving and hopefully will soon be able to express ourselves to the maximum potential.”
Hakan Calhanoglu’s goal and a last-gasp Lautaro Martinez penalty proved enough for Inter to beat Venezia at the Stadio Penzo and continue their climb up the Serie A table.
The Nerazzurri were fired up and confident after the win over Serie A leaders Napoli and booking their spot in the Champions League Round of 16. Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, Stefan de Vrij and Aleksandar Kolarov were injured, so Alessandro Bastoni moved to the centre of defence. The Lagunari had seven points from the last three rounds, but Tyronne Ebuehi and Niki Maenpaa missed out.
Joaquin Correa immediately had penalty appeals, but seemed to run into Antonio Junior Vacca, while Sergio Romero plucked an Ivan Perisic header out of the top corner and kicked the ball clear from Edin Dzeko in the six-yard box.
After a long period of possession, Hakan Calhanoglu unleashed a right-foot rocket from outside the box, which bounced right in front of Romero to fly into the near bottom corner.
Venezia almost equalised soon after, a spectacular long-range Mattia Aramu strike fingertipped out of the far top corner by Samir Handanovic.
Aramu tried again after the restart and it was not far from the top corner, but Ridgeciano Haps needed a goal-line clearance on Milan Skriniar’s header from a corner.
Dzeko and Dennis Johnsen had chances deflected, while Mattia Caldara stopped a Nicolò Barella scorcher getting through.
Inter were increasingly focused on defend and counter, with one of these chances Federico Dimarco stinging Romero’s gloves at the back post.
Deep into stoppages, a penalty was rather harshly awarded against Haps, as the ball ricocheted off his chest from point-blank range onto his hand. Nonetheless, Lautaro Martinez sent Romero the wrong way to seal the result with the last kick of the game.
Venezia 0-2 Inter
Calhanoglu 34 (I), Lautaro Martinez pen 96 (I)
Simone Inzaghi expects Inter to ‘show maturity’ against Venezia and explains his tactical choices at the Stadio Penzo.
The Nerazzurri can move one point off leaders Napoli and Milan if they collect all three points today.
It kicks off at 19.45.
Stefan de Vrij is injured, so Federico Dimarco starts in a three-man defence with Andrea Ranocchia on the bench.
“Ranocchia played two great games, but he is not 100 per cent fit, even if he is available,” Inzaghi told DAZN before the match.
“Dimarco has already played in defence in the past and given that we’ll need to keep the possession today I made this choice.
“Venezia are doing very well despite being newly promoted. We need to show maturity,” Inzaghi continued.
“I rotate a bit in attack and defence, I have a competitive team and I will rotate more in the future.”
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Hakan Calhanoglu’s strike 11 minutes sent Inter Milan on their way to a 2-0 victory at Venezia.
It was far from Inter at their fluid best but the Turkish forward’s low bullet from 20 yards proved too hard to stop for Venezia keeper Sergio Romero.
Mattia Aramu had the best effort for Venezia, shortly after the goal, hitting a dipping strike from 35 yards which Samir Handanovic had to backpedal and tip over the bar.
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Inter rotate the squad for this trip to Venezia, with a revamped defence and Tucu Correa partnering Edin Dzeko upfront.
It kicks off at the Stadio Penzo at 19.45 GMT, the only stadium in Italy that has to be reached by boat.
The Nerazzurri have found their form in Serie A and Europe, beating leaders Napoli to close the gap at the top of the table and securing their place in the Champions League Round of 16.
With the midweek round coming up, Simone Inzaghi rotates the squad with Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, Stefan de Vrij and Aleksandar Kolarov injured.
He brings Tucu Correa into the starting XI with Edin Dzeko, while there are surprises in defence, Alessandro Bastoni flanked by Milan Skriniar and Federico Dimarco.
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Venezia are unbeaten in three, including back-to-back victories against Roma and Bologna.
Tyronne Ebuehi and Niki Maenpaa are new additions to the injury list.
Ethan Ampadu, Gianluca Busio and Antonio Junior Vacca form the midfield, with David Okereke leading the line.
Venezia: Romero; Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps; Ampadu, Vacca, Busio; Aramu, Kiyine; Okereke
Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, Bastoni, Dimarco; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Dzeko, Correa