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Coach Dale Mitchell speaks to his players during practice at the Victoria Soccer Club in Edmonton...

Coach Dale Mitchell speaks to his players during practice at the Victoria Soccer Club in Edmonton on Tuesday. (Sun Media/Darryl Dyck)

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

EDMONTON -- The Chileans did their homework.

They knew the Canadian attacks are more often than not initiated from the right side through winger Jaime Peters.

So by neutralizing Peters, Chile essentially shut down Canada en route to a 3-0 win on Sunday in Toronto.

Heading into their second group game of the Under-20 World Cup against Austria on Thursday in Edmonton, Canada needs to get Peters more involved.

"We're not going to go too far in this tournament without guys like Peters and (Will) Johnson," said Canadian head coach Dale Mitchell yesterday at the team hotel.

"We didn't get a lot from them on Sunday and I think a lot of that was the way the game went where we didn't get any offensive flow going.

"But we have to get those two guys more involved in the offence in order to play more than three games here at this tournament."

In Austria, Canada feels they're up against a more familiar opponent. In their opening game against Chile, the Canadians spent the majority of the time chasing their opponents around the field. On the rare occasions where Canada did manage to gain possession, they simply gave the ball back.

"You can't go very far with that type of play in this tournament," Mitchell said.

"There are teams here like Chile that can keep the ball for fun. They get a goal or two ahead and it's on a string and they can knock it around and you're chasing it. So when you get it back you have to take care of it and you have to build from there and that's what we have to do better on Thursday."

Austria takes more of a direct approach to the game, playing balls forward in an effort to pick out star striker Erwin Hoffer. It's a style Canada is very familiar with and one they've been effective against in the past.

"I think Chile just did their homework on the team in general," Peters said. "We didn't play the way we were capable of playing. But we're going to put that behind us and put out, hopefully, a better performance on Thursday."

With Austria having tied their first game with Congo on Monday, Canada is still very much alive in Group A.

However, they'll need a win - or at the very least a tie - to maintaining their chances of advancing past the first round.

"I think we got that bad game out of our system because it wasn't very impressive," Peters said.


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