England were denied a first Under-20 World Cup victory in 16 years as Iraq grabbed an injury-time equaliser in Antalya on Sunday.
Peter Taylor's men seemed sure to end that desperate statistic when Luke Williams added to Conor Coady's first-half opener.
But Ali Faez pulled one back from the spot 15 minutes from time, setting up a pulsating finale which saw Ali Adnan snatch a point for the underdogs.
England meet group favourites Chile in their second match on Wednesday.
Earlier, ten-man Chile moved top of the group with a 2-1 win over Egypt.
Mahmoud Kahraba gave the North African's a 1-0 lead after just 10 minutes before Nicolas Castillo equalised for Chile 15 minutes later.
Christian Bravo broke the deadlock with a rocketing finish in the latter stages of the match and Chile held on despite Crisitian Cuevas' red card.
In Group F, Croatia beat Uruguay 1-0 and Uzbekistan eased to a 3-0 win over New Zealand.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.