Alive and kicking

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Canada woke up yesterday still with a chance.

Had Congo pulled off an upset of Chile the night before, it would have been all over for the hosts at the Under-20 World Cup.

But, despite a 1-0 loss to Austria at Commonwealth Stadium on Thursday, Canada may still be able to get through to the second round with a win in their final group game.

"It was quite hard after the game, it was quite disappointing for us," said Canadian midfielder Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault. "I think we had a few good chances but we couldn't score. To come out of the game without any points was disappointing.

"But we'll see how the other games go throughout the tournament. I think we still have a chance to qualify for the second round. Now we just have to come together again and try to get a win against Congo."

NO GOALS YET

Two games into the tournament Canada doesn't have a win, a point or a goal.

And few are giving them a chance of advancing.

They sit last in their Group A standings, a point behind Congo, four back of Austria and six behind Chile.

If Congo had beaten Chile on Thursday, they also would have also been four points up on Canada and too far ahead to catch. Chile would have been three points up, but having beaten Canada in their opener would have kept the hosts in fourth place following the group standings regardless of what transpired in the final round of group games.

Fourth-place teams are all going home once the second round of the tournament gets underway.

"We're trying to stay upbeat and positive," said Canadian forward Simeon Jackson. "We still have another chance on Sunday to put it right, so we're looking forward to that."

A win against Congo tomorrow would give Canada third place in the group.

They would then have to hope they're one of the top four best third-place teams in the tournament.

Of the 24 teams taking part in the event, 16 move on to the second round - the first and second place finishers in each of the six groups and the four best third-place teams.

"We have to play our best game on Sunday," Jackson said. "We have another chance now and we're looking to go out there and get a result. We know that Congo is a team that likes to attack and they do it building up from the back.

Hopefully we can match up well against them."

CONGO HAS TIE AND LOSS

Congo opened the tournament with a 1-1 tie against Austria. On Thursday they lost 3-0 to Chile. This is the first time Congo has taken part in the tournament having qualified as African champions.

"I think they're a good team - there are really no bad teams in this tournament," said Beaulieu-Bourgault.

"African teams are usually very physical and very fast and that's what we expect Congo to be."

After being schooled by Chile in their opening game, Canada played better against Austria and created a few more chances.

However creating chances won't do against the Congo. Canada needs to win.

"It's always harder when you have to win," Beaulieu-Bourgault said. "We can't have a tie or a loss, it's only win on Sunday. I think we can play better then we have so far in this tournament. I don't know why we haven't played as well as we're capable of."


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