Hockey World Cup 2018: Debutants China hold Ireland to 1-1 draw

Hockey players of Ireland and China in action during a game. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 04, 2018, 09.26 PM (IST)

Debutants China displayed an impressive game of hockey to hold Ireland in their second pool game in the ongoing Men's Hockey World cup on Tuesday  

The green machine missed a series of chances as they dominated the first half.

But Guo Jin's penalty corner gave China a 43th-minute lead and while Alan Sothern immediately levelled, the Irish could not force a winner.

The Irish must avoid defeat against England in their final pool game in Bhubaneswar to make the knockout stage.

Both the teams are on one point after two games but the Irish have the better goal difference.

Chinese keeper Guo Xiaoping saved a Shane O'Donoghue penalty corner early in the second quarter before Sothern flicked just wide as the dominant Irish had 62% of the first-half possession.

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China, especially in the first two quarters, were overprotective of their penalty circle; only thrice they ventured into the Irish circle.

The fourth quarter witnessed a repeat of the first half, wherein Ireland sought a goal in desperation and China retreating to their half, denying them.