Turkey's men and women's sides both won at the IBSA Goalball European Championships A ©Getty Images

Hosts Turkey got off to a perfect start at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball European Championships A with wins for its men's and women's side in Samsun.

The men's team punished a lacklustre Greece side 10-3 with Ebubekir Kara putting six past the defence at the Yaşar Doğu Sport Hall.

Later in the day, Turkey's women opened their account with an impressive 9-5 victory against Denmark.

The two-time Paralympic champions were led to glory by Sevda Altunoluk's seven-goal haul, while Fatmagül Güler chipped in with the remaining two.

Elsewhere in the men's tournament, Germany defeated Montenegro 6-4 in a thrilling fixture that was won late in the second half with goals from Fabian Diehm and Oliver Hörauf.

Tokyo 2020 bronze medallists and Rio 2016 winners Lithuania annihilated Spain 13-3 with a formidable display as they solidified their status as tournament favourites.

Ukraine secured the three points following a tight match with Russia which ended 9-6.

A second half flurry of seven goals secured a comeback win for the Ukrainians after finding themselves 3-2 down at half-time.

The women's tournament saw Finland edge out Britain 5-3 in a tight contest with all five goals coming courtesy of Krista Leppänen.

Israel then produced the biggest women's win with a 10-3 mauling of France before Germany and Greece's tie ended in a stalemate.

Play continues tomorrow in Turkey with Belarus and Ukraine's men's teams facing off first.