Incredible end to England v Pakistan

Late goals from Loughborough Students' Richard Smith and Der Club An Der Alster midfielder Barry Middleton sealed England a share of the points as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Pakistan.

What was meant to be the teams' second match of the tournament was in fact their first after Tuesday's programme was postponed on account of electrical storms in Amstelveen.

Richard Mantell sweeps the ball in action for England men at the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy in Melbourne, December 2009Going into the game, Reading's Richard Mantell (right) was selected to make his 100th international appearance for England while East Grinstead's Mark Pearn returned to competitive international hockey for the first time since 2005.

Pakistan took the lead through an eighth minute penalty corner from Sohail Abbas and other than an English penalty corner, which Mantell saw saved, the remainder of the first half passed without incident.

In the second half England put Pakistan under long periods of pressure but it took until the 64th minute for the pressure to tell.  Following some scrappy play, Richard Smith took advantage to fire home a reverse stick shot straight down the middle to make it 1-1.

No sooner had Smith scored than Pakistan's Mehmood put his side back in front, scoring what looked to be the winning goal after beating Nick Brothers one-on-one with a flick on the reverse.  

But England were not done yet and in the dying moments of the match captain Middleton made it 2-2 with a superb diving equaliser.

England play the hosts, Netherlands, on Friday at 18:30 BST before meeting Germany in the rearranged match on Saturday afternoon at 14:00 BST.

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