Hungary defeats Turkey 3-1 in World Cup qualifier


BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -Hungary came from behind to defeat Turkey 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday after goals from Vladimir Koman, Adam Szalai and Zoltan Gera.

Turkey scored first when Mevlut Erdinc slid the ball into the net after a pass from the left flank by Caner Erkin in 22nd minute.

The setback seemed to revive the Hungarian team, which leveled in the 31st when what looked like a centering pass from Koman took a strange bounce to catch goalkeeper Volkan Demirel off guard and ended up in goal.

Szalai then made it 2-1 in the 50th. Gera scored in the 57th from a penalty after Szalai had been brought down by Hamit Altintop.

Hungary and Romania both have nine points in Group D, three behind the Netherlands.

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