Inter Milan made it nine wins in 10 Serie A games as the Nerazzurri recorded a routine 2-0 win over struggling Spezia at San Siro to keep in touching distance of Napoli at the league summit.
Simone Inzaghi’s side took the lead after 36 minutes with a superb bit of one-touch play.
Hakan Calhanoglu, Federico Dimarco and Lautaro Martinez were all involved, with the latter providing a deft flick to assist Roberto Gagliardini, who calmly finished from inside the box to round off a great passing move.
The hosts were then awarded a penalty in the 57th minute, as Martinez’s shot cannoned off the arm of Spezia debutant Jakub Kiwior in the box. The Argentinian made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick, placing it into the bottom left corner to double Inter’s advantage.
The result means Internazionale leapfrog AC Milan into 2nd place, just one point behind Napoli, having played a game more. Spezia, meanwhile, slip to their third defeat in a row and languish in 17th.