The first matches of the Rabo 4-Nations men's event got underway on Wednesday in Amstelveen's Wagener Stadium, with Pakistan, England, Germany and The Netherlands all taking to the field.
England and Pakistan went head-to-head in the first match, with the result finishing 2-2. Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute through a typical Sohail Abbas penalty corner flick. England hit back six minutes from the end ofthanks to a field goal from Richard Smith.
There was an exciting finish to the contest with both sides finding the net, with Shakeel Abbasi's open play effort being cancelled out by a brilliant diving deflection from England captain Barry Middleton.
The Netherlands were winners in the second game, recording a 2-1 victory over Germany. Thilo Stralkowski gave Germany the lead in the 29th minute but a penalty stroke from Taeke Taekema draw the Dutch level ahead of half time. The winning goal came in the 49th minute when Quirijn Caspers fired home.
The Netherlands lead the Rabo 4 Nations table after one round of matches. The next matches take place on Friday 1st June.
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