01 Nov 2016

England squander lead to share spoils with Pakistan Featured

Pakistan came from two goals down to hold England 2-2 in the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) on Tuesday.

England, who defeated host Malaysia 3-1 on Monday, found it difficult to break open Pakistan from open play and paid the price for switching off towards the end.

Pakistan, who stunned New Zealand 5-2 in the opening match match, play Malaysia next while England take on Japan on Wednesday. Japan defeated New Zealand 4-1 in the 4pm kickoff on Tuesday.

"It was a good comeback ... to get more points helps us in this tournament. Malaysia will be another tough ask as it is always hard to play them in Malaysia," said Pakistan coach Zaman Tahir.

"I felt our fitness and energy levels were the real difference against England, especially in the final 10 minutes of the match. We have to defend a lot before that."

Will Calnan gave the English the lead from a 12th minute penalty corner and later doubled his tally and England's lead with another short corner in the 39th minute.

Pakistan managed to pull one back in the 63rd, the match's third penalty conversion,  through Sami Ullah in the 63rd minute. Pakistan could have drew level just two minutes later but Shakeel Butt's penalty stroke was saved.

The equaliser eventually came via Mahmood Abu's penalty corner in the 69th minute.

"It was good tactical performance in the first half but we gave the ball away in the second. Still credit to Pakistan for coming back and giving us a tough game," said England's Jon Bleby

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