Hungary devour Turkey
Koman, Szalai and Gera strike in 3-1 Group D victory
Last Updated: 16/10/12 10:48pm
Zoltan Gera: Added Hungary¿s third from the penalty spot
Turkey's hopes of World Cup qualification receded even further as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat in Hungary.
The visitors, surprisingly beaten at home by Romania on Friday, made it zero points from a possible six to sit well off the pace in Group D.
The night started well for Turkey as Mevlut Erdinc put them ahead midway through the first half, but Vladimir Koman levelled before the break.
Adam Szalai put the hosts in front five minutes after half-time and Zoltan Gera added another from the penalty spot eight minutes later.
The Turks were expected to be the main challengers to group leaders Holland, but after four games are nine points behind the Dutch and six behind Hungary and Romania.
Hungary, by contrast, are up to second on goal difference.
Turkey went ahead in the 22nd minute as Caner Erkin's cross was fired low into the net from the centre of the area by Erdinc.
The hosts were level just nine minutes later though as Koman's low ball in from the left crept inside the near post.
Sandor Egervari's side were on top now and Koman shot wide and Zsolt Korcsmar headed just off target in quick succession.
They had to wait just five minutes after the break to take the lead as Szalai swept home Tamas Kadar's cross from the left.
Gera added a third from the spot before the hour mark, blasting his effort high into the net after Hamit Altintop had fouled Koman, and Turkey could not summon up a response.
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Russia1 - 0Azerbaijan
Israel3 - 0Luxembourg
Portugal1 - 1N Ireland
Tue 16th Oct - Group I
Belarus2 - 0Georgia
Spain1 - 1France
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Latvia2 - 0Liechtenstein
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Slovakia0 - 1Greece
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Romania1 - 4Netherlands
Hungary3 - 1Turkey
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Macedonia1 - 0Serbia
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Italy3 - 1Denmark
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Iceland0 - 2Switzerland
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Ukraine0 - 1Montenegro
San Marino0 - 2Moldova
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Faroe Islands1 - 4Rep Ireland
Austria4 - 0Kazakhstan
Germany4 - 4Sweden
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