Bhubaneswar, Last minute goal by Talake Du guided debutant China to draw with experience England 2-2 in the Pool B league match of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup here at Kalinga Stadium on Friday.
World no 17 China caused the first upset of the world cup by sharing points with World no 7 England.China replaced their goalkeeper in the last two and half minutes to add another forward player to take the advantage. Which worked for them and got a PC in the 59th minute. Talake made no mistake to rest the ball in the net to score the equaliser for China.
Unbelievable start, what a artistic stick work by Guo Xiaoping to score the opening goal for dabutan China in the fifth minute and stunned the England team.
First PC came in favour of England in the 14th minutes, however Mark Gleghorne made it 1-1 for the team just before the end of first quarter.
Just beginning of the second quarter, in the 18th minute China rewarded with back back three PC but failed to capitalise that all credit goes to England goalkeeper George Pinner.
England also awarded two PC in the 20th minute , but couldn’t able to convert into score. By the end of first half the score board read as 1-1.
Third quarter began with a PC for England in the 33rd minute and saved by running defender of China. Goalkeeper Caiyu Wang made brilliant save in the 37th minute to deny England to score their second goal in the third quarter.
In the 48th minute Ansell Liam snatch the ball from the China defender Yang Ao inside their D area and put it into the box to gave a 2-1 lead.
England and China have meet each other once since 2013, with England winning the game 2-0. This was the first time they meet each other in World Cup.