Hockey World Cup 2018: England, China play out an entertaining draw

Hockey World Cup 2018 LIVE: Catch all the action as England takes on China in a Group-B match at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

An overview of the Kalinga Stadium.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE updates of the Hockey World Cup 2018 group stage match between China and England. Earlier, Australia beat Ireland in its first match. If you missed it, you can click here to know how the match unfolded.

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What a match. China equalising with just seconds left on the clock.

60' Its full time and China picks up a point from its first ever World Cup game. It ends England 2 - 2 China; the first draw of this World Cup.

58' CHINA equalises! Talake Du with the all important goal. His powerful dragflick finds the goalkeeper but the shot has enough power in it to deflect and go in. England 2 - 2 China.

 

58' Penalty corner to China! Could this be the turning point for China?

58' Two minutes left in the game. Can England hold on here?

55' England isn't happy with taking the lead. It is poking and probing the Chinese defence for the third goal to make sure it takes home all three points.

50' Phil Roper hits hard from the top of the circle but it hammers into the bar!

47' England takes the lead! Liam Ansell wins possession, turns and smashes a low drive into the goal!

 

46' England restarts the fourth quarter. Can China hold on to take a point from its first ever World Cup game?

Fourth and final quarter begins.

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45'  The third quarter comes to an end and the score remains 1-1. Apart from two good saves from the Chinese keeper, there wasn't a lot more in these fifteen minutes. Either side will have to come up with something out of the box if it has to take the lead.

42' England with a lot of the possession but China in control when defending.

40' Ciayu Wang with another good save, this time with his right foot.

37' Ciayu Wang makes a fantastic save to deny England a second goal!

33' England gets a penalty corner but it comes to nothing. Still 1-1.

Third quarter begins.

End of first half; England 1 - 1 China.

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30' The second quarter comes to an end and the score still remains 1-1.

28' Harry Martin goes on a good run before being stopped in his tracks. The game has died down a bit after the initial flurry of chances. Play mostly confined to the midfield now.

23' Wenhui with a brilliant piece of work in the midfield. He brings the ball closer to the D and crosses it but his teammate fluffs the chance.

22' An unforced error results in a penalty corner opportunity for England. Luke Taylor with the dragflick. Barry Middleton tries his luck with a deflection but cannot time it on target.

18' Three back-to-back penalty corners for China. Guo Zixiang pulls the trigger, after a goal mouth skirmish, but the goal doesn't stand.

17' Liam Ansell with a good shot but an agile Chinese defence thwarts the attempt.

Second quarter begins

End of first quarter. China 1 - England 1.

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14' England gets a penalty corner. Mark Gleghorne scores and England equalises. The England player comes up with a powerful drag flick. He aimed at the right corner and got his shot on target. The China goalkeeper managed to get a hand on it, but Gleghorne packed enough on it for it to sail into the net.

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12' England skipper Phil Roper can only watch his teammate's shot, from the near post, go past the goal line. Roper was near the far post but he couldn't get to the ball.

10' Guo Zixiang with a chance. He shoots with great power but misses the target.

8' England's Zachary Wallace with a half chance. He gets possession and could only tap the ball over the net on his run.

 

5' Guo Xiaoping puts China ahead. He latches on to a neat pass from his teammate and taps the ball in past the rushing England goalkeeper. What a start for China!

4' England makes inroads and Wang Caiyu makes a good save.

 

First quarter begins

England and China have faced each other only once since 2013, with England winning the game 2-0. This will be the first time they meet in a World Cup.

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Here's how both the teams lineup:

 

Here are some of England's titles:

  • FIH Men’s World Cup silver medallists (1986)

  • European gold medallists (2009)

  • European silver medallists (1997)

  • 7x European bronze medallists (1978, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2017)

  • Hockey World League bronze medallists (2013)

  • 3x Commonwealth Games bronze medallists (1998, 2014 & 2018)