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USA survive biting incident to see off El Salvador in Gold Cup quarter-final

Ragged USA blank El Salvador amid humid conditions to advance to Gold Cup semi-final against Costa Rica

Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored late in the first half and the United States beat El Salvador 2-0 on Wednesday night in an ugly Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal in which defender Henry Romero appeared to bite Jozy Altidore on the back of a shoulder and pull the American forwards nipple.

Canadian referee Drew Fischer, a Major League Soccer regular, did not penalize the incident, which occurred during a skirmish on the goal line in the 57th minute ahead of a US corner kick. A furious Altidore fell to the ground but remained in the game.

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The Americans, who started five veterans added for the tournaments knockout phase, overcame shaky defensive play and poor passing, advancing to a semifinal against Costa Rica on Saturday at Arlington, Texas.

Bruce Arena changed all 11 starters for the second straight game and at 7-0-5 set a record for longest unbeaten streak at the start of a US coaching tenure, topping Bob Bradleys 10-0-1 in 2007.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/19/usa-el-salvador-report-biting-incident

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