The battle for Group 8 supremacy is now between Hungary and Belarus after the latter defeated Turkey 5-1 at the Vefa stadium in Istanbul.
Game in hand
Hungary, who have scored eleven goals and conceded just one in their four matches in the section, remain top but have been joined on 12 points by Belarus, who have played a game more.
Belarus made an excellent start to the game, opening the scoring after ten minutes when Natallia Ryzhevich fired home. Volha Aniskoutsava ensured the visitors had a two-goal advantage at the break when she scored after 27 minutes.
Two for Lis
Turkey really needed to score the first goal of the second period to haul themselves back into the game but that honour fell to Liudmila Kuzniatsova ten minutes after the restart. Seyhan Gündüz did give Turkey a glimmer of hope when scoring in the 69th minute but two goals from Maryna Lis in the space of three minutes wrapped up a comfortable victory for Belarus.
The Hungarians trip to Belarus on 22 April is likely to play a significant part in who earns a promotion/relegation play-off with the bottom nation in the evenly-contested Group 3, currently Spain, for a right to compete in the 2005 UEFA European Women's Championship.
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