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Carli Lloyd Comes Up Big As U.S. Women's Soccer Team Defeats France 1-0

By Craig Bohnert | Aug. 06, 2016, 6:32 p.m. (ET)

Carli Lloyd celebrates after scoring against France at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on Aug. 6, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Carli Lloyd was in the right place at the right time to give the United States women a 1-0 victory over France in soccer action at the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte Saturday evening.

The game was a scoreless affair until the 63rd minute, when Tobin Heath fired a shot from the left angle. French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi got enough of a glove on the ball to redirect it into the near post, but it rebounded into the center of the goalie box, where Lloyd was waiting to tap it in.

The U.S. offense generated only seven shots, three on goal. Hope Solo had five saves in the shutout.

With the win, the United States is 2-0 in Group G ahead of Tuesday's match against Colombia at Amazonia Arena. They are assured advancement to the tournament's knockout stage, which begins Aug. 12.

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