Eighteen brave men from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region produced a gritty performance to help debutants China register a fighting 2-2 draw against higher-ranked England in a Pool B match of the men's hockey World Cup.
China's South Korean coach Sang Ryul Kim praised the lion-hearted efforts of his men, saying the result came as a "surprise" to him.
We came here with no high expectation as we are making our debut. What we wanted was to show fight and we did that today. It was a gritty performance from the boys and it was a good surprise to see us score 2 goals today," Kim said after the match.
China will next play Ireland on December 4 while England will be up against reigning two-time world champions Australia on the same day.
However, with 57 per cent possession, China dominated the game.
England vs China - Quarter 2
The game goes into the second quarter.
With the start of second quarter, England made a fantastic move but was denied by China's goalkeeper.
China missed a beautiful chance as England's Mark Gleghorne cancels out Guo's opener from a penalty corner.
England vs China - Quarter 1
Debutants China have scored their first goal in hockey World Cup.
Guo Xiaoping hammered in with a very elegant goal.
A moment of celebration for the team for their debut goal and congratulations to Xiaoping for doing so.
But the celebrations did not last long as England striker Mark Gleghorne scored the equalizer with a penalty corner.
England vs China - Playing XI
Here is the playing XI:
England: George Pinner, Adam Dixon, Liam Sanford, Mark Gleghorne, David Ames, Ian Sloan, Barry Middleton, Zach Wallace, James Gall, Phil Roper (C), Liam Sanford.
China: Guo Xiaoping, Ao Suozhu, E Wenhui, Ao Yang, Su Jun, Meng Nan, Su Lixing, Du Talake, Guo Zixiang, Wang Caiyu, Ao Weibao.
England vs China
China's men's hockey team is making its debut at the World Cup here and its best result in the sport to date is a silver medal finish at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
Head coach: Danny Kerry
Squad: George Pinner (C), Harry Gibson, Luke Taylor, David Ames, Harry Martin, Ian Sloan (C), Mikey Hoare, Sam Ward, Mark Gleghorne, Phil Roper (C), Adam Dixon, Barry Middleton, David Condon, Jack Waller, James Gall, Liam Sanford, Will Calnan, Zach Wallace.
Head coach: Kim Sang-ryul
Squad: Guo Xiaoping, Ao Zhiwei, Guan Quyang, Ao Suozhu, E Wenhui, Ao Yang, Meng Dihao, Su Jun, Meng Nan, Su Wenlin, Su Lixing, Du Chen (C), Du Talake, Guo Zixiang, E Wenlong, Wang Caiyu, Ao Weibao, Guo Jin (C).