Sevda Altunoluk scored both goals in the first half as defending champions Turkey beat world champions Russia 2-1 ©Getty Images

Hosts Turkey edged a narrow contest against Russia in Pool C as two of the favourites for the women's tournament met on the second day of the International Blind Sports Federation Goalball European A Championships in Samsun.

The home nation are the defending European and Paralympic champions, and made it two wins from two by beating world champions Russia 2-1 in their opponents' opening match of the Championship at the Yaşar Doğu Sport Hall.

Sevda Altunoluk put Turkey two goals in front at half-time, and they held on for another victory despite Irina Arestova pulling one back for Russia.

That match was followed by a 4-4 draw between Denmark and Britain, with Anja Christensen netting a hat-trick for the Danes.

In Pool D, Germany picked up their first win of the tournament after yesterday's goalless draw against Greece, with Charlotte Karcher in inspired form as she scored six of her side's goals in a 7-5 victory against France.

The best efforts of Audrey Belkhir, who struck four times, could not prevent a second consecutive defeat for the French.

Israel continued the defence of their title as they racked up a big win for the second day in a row, hammering Ukraine 11-1.

Lihi Ben David was on target five times, and there were hat-tricks for Or Mizrahi and Elham Mahamid.

The first match of the day came in the men's tournament between two of the medallists from the 2019 European A Championship as Ukraine took on Belgium in Pool B.

It was the runners-up from two years ago who triumphed over the bronze medallists, Rodion Zhyhalin's double helping Ukraine to twice come from behind to win 3-2 against a Belgium side playing their first match of the tournament.

That made it back-to-back victories for the Ukrainians after a 9-6 victory against Russia yesterday.

The Russian team succumbed to a second defeat after a strong finish from Tokyo 2020 Paralympic bronze medallists Lithuania helped them to an 11-5 win.

Three early finishes in the second half from Russia put them into the lead, but the 2017 European champions finished strongly with seven goals in the final nine minutes.

Nerijus Montvydas struck seven times as Lithuania hit double figures for the second match running.

Hosts Turkey continued their perfect start in Pool A as Tuncay Karakaya netted all six goals in a 6-4 win against Montenegro, before Germany also made it two victories from two with a 10-3 thrashing of Finland.

The defending champions were in cruise control as they led 4-0 at the interval, and Michael Dennis added six goals in the second half to top off their performance.

Action continues tomorrow, with Russia looking to bounce back from today's defeat in the women's tournament as they take on Finland in the first match.