Turkey won for a second straight time as they saw off Iraq 35-33 on Wednesday at the Islamic Solidarity Games men's handball tournament while defending champions Algeria dominated Pakistan 47-24.
But the Turks had to dig deep into their pool of talent to get the better of an Asian side that played great handball with pivot Hussein Ibadi manning the center and scoring ten goals.
With a 17-19 deficit at half time, they had to rely on the experience of keeper Taner Gunay and another exquisite performance from captain Ramazan Done who lead the way with 15 goals.
But Ilker Senturk's men only made sure of victory when Iraq had two men sent off in the final 15 minutes.
The victory moved the Turks one step closer to ensuring a ticket for the next round, ahead of Thursday's clash with Jordan.
In the day's other early game, Algeria made up for their crushing 26-13 opening defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia by punishing Pakistan 47-24.
Goals from El Hadj Abderrahmane Feredj (8) and Oussama Djemaa (7) gave the title holders a decent cushion as they headed into the break with a 20-8 lead.
The Fennecs added insult to injury by keeping up the pace to complete the rout and keep their hopes of a semi-final berth alive.
"The game against the Saudis was very bad. We had just arrived, didn't have time to train and were jetlagged. We lacked rhythm and power. Today, it was our real entrance into the tournament", said Algeria coach Rabah Gherbi.
"We have a young team and we started well. Now, we need to think about the next game", added the former Montpellier star player.
Algeria lock horns with hosts Azerbaijan on Thursday while Pakistan will face Saudi Arabia.