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26/06/2013 17:51, Report by Adam Marshall
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Honours even in U-20 duel

Angelo Henriquez was heavily involved as Chile and England drew 1-1 at the Under-20 World Cup.

United's Under-21 captain Tom Thorpe was drafted into defence for the Three Lions after sitting out the opening fixture with Iraq and ensured things were tight at the back by performing with his customary authority.

After a quiet opening spell, Henriquez drifted inside from the right flank and fired a curling drive narrowly over Sam Johnstone's bar. With half an hour gone, Henriquez again worked his way into a dangerous position and was brought down by West Ham's Dan Potts with a debatable penalty awarded. Nicolas Castillo stepped up to send Johnstone the wrong way from the spot.

Chile looked comfortable until a driving run by Everton prospect Ross Barkley led to Harry Kane's low shot from outside the box levelling the scores. The Spurs striker, who played in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League final against United at Old Trafford last season, lifted his team with the goal and Peter Taylor's side improved markedly.

Henriquez was withdrawn for the final 16 minutes to nurse an apparent injury with an ice-pack and, seconds later, Larnell Cole received his first taste of action in the tournament. The talented midfielder created his team's best opportunity of the closing stages with a tremendous cross that Alex Pritchard was unable to convert from close range with Dario Melo saving the header. However, there was a let-off when Bruno Rabello's stunning strike beat Johnstone's dive but came back off the woodwork.

England's final group game is against Egypt on Saturday night when three points will surely be required to progress.

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