US scrape into last 8

American Alejandro Bedoya climbs above Guadeloupe defender Mickael  Tacalfred to head the ball during their CONCACAF Gold Cup match on Tuesday. AP

The result meant Canada, who drew 1-1 with Group C winners Panama, are eliminated from the tournament after being moments away from securing passage to the last eight before Panama's Luis Tejada equalised.

The United States needed to win or draw against Caribbean side Guadeloupe, who are not a full member of FIFA due to their status as a ‘department’ of France.

After a poor start in their defeat to Panama on Saturday, Bob Bradley's US side opened strongly and took the lead with a ninth-minute blast from 25 yards out by striker Jozy Altidore.

However, the United States wasted at least half a dozen clear chances to extend their advantage with Clint Dempsey the main culprit.

The biggest miss of the night came in the 76th minute when Fulham striker Dempsey was picked out just yards from goal but took too long to set himself for a shot and was robbed of possession.

Despite the narrow win, the Americans can take comfort in making it to the last eight, unlike Canada who went out in agonising fashion.

The Canadians took the lead with a Dwayne De Rosario penalty in the 62nd minute after the midfielder was ruled to have been brought down by Eybir Bonaga. But from a corner in the final moments, the ball bounced around the box, striking the cross bar and was eventually scrambled over the line by Tejada.

Panama topped the group with seven points, the United States were second with six points, Canada finished on four and Guadeloupe ended without a point.

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