Israel are proving the team to beat at the International Blind Sports Federation Goalball European Championships Men & Women B, as they recorded back-to-back victories on the opening day of competition in Budapest.
Israel's men started strongly on day one of competition, recording a 13-8 victory over Ukraine, followed by a 10-8 win against Russia.
The Israelis led 9-0 at one stage in the match, but a spirited fightback saw the Russians pull the tie within two.
Israel managed to hang on to their lead, however, as they sit on six points in Pool A after the first day of matches.
Ukraine and Poland are three points behind after securing a victory apiece.
Ukraine's win came at the hands of Poland - the match ending 13-3 - while Poland thrashed Portugal 16-8.
Russia and Portugal played just a single game on the opening day.
Sweden and Hungary top Pool B of the men's contest with four points apiece.
Hungary began their campaign with a 10-10 draw with Denmark before beating Italy by 14 goals to nine.
Sweden also opened with a draw, finishing level with Slovenia in a tense 5-5 encounter.
They wrapped up three points in their second game, though, as they thrashed Denmark 11-1.
Just one group is being contested in the women's competition with Sweden and Greece currently top of the order.
Sweden are yet to concede a goal in the tournament, as the London 2012 bronze medallists recorded a 2-0 win over Hungary followed by a 5-0 victory against Denmark.
Greece secured back-to-back 2-1 victories against Belgium and Hungary.
Great Britain sit just three points down on the leaders after their 6-2 demolition of Belgium.
They are joined on three points by Denmark, who beat the Britons 4-0 in the opening women's encounter.
Action continues in Budapest tomorrow with finals due to take place on Sunday (September 28).
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