The United States sneaked by France on Saturday in their second group stage match at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and I bet you can guess who scored the winning goal.

Yep, it was Carli Lloyd once again.

After scoring the winner in the opener against New Zealand, Lloyd did it again against France, finishing off a Tobin Heath chance just after the hour mark as the United States took commanding control of their group with a 1-0 victory.

The USWNT entered the match as the No. 1 team in the world, while France is No. 4. But it was the Europeans who looked like the stronger team for much of the match.

France looked quality for much of the first half and created numerous chances, but an inspired Hope Solo in goal stole the show, saving several dangerous chances, including catching a ball between her legs on a one-on-one opportunity in the opening 45 minutes.

Without Julie Johnston at the back, the U.S. struggled in defense throughout, as towering center back Wendie Renard and star forward Marie-Laure Delie threatened time and time again.

But an attentive Lloyd was able to knock the ball in at the middle of the goal after Heath took a shot from the left off the post with a half-hour to go.

For the remaining 30 minutes, France went forward with everything but the Americans held on for the three points.

With the result, the U.S. is all but through to the next round and will finish up the group stage on Tuesday against Colombia.

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When: Saturday at 4 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

Last time out: The U.S. beat New Zealand 2-0, while France thumped Colombia 4-0.

Last meeting: France fell to the United States 1-0 in March in the SheBelieves Cup, with Alex Morgan scoring a 91st-minute winner.

What's at stake: A chance to secure a spot in the next round. A win would do it, while a draw would still likely be enough for each team.

A fine 2016: The USWNT is still undefeated in 2016, winning 16 times and drawing just once. 14 of the matches have been shutouts, including the win over New Zealand on Wednesday.

Injury watch: Young star Mallory Pugh of the U.S. suffered an ankle injury in the opening match but is expected to play. She'll likely start on the bench.

What to know about France: France is the No. 3-ranked team in the world and has plenty of talent throughout its roster. Keep an eye on 28-year-old PSG striker Marie-Laure Delie. She has 63 career goals for the national team and is closing in on Marinette Pichon's record of 81.

The US. will win if: It can improve upon its last performance by showing better quality passing in attack. The U.S. was a bit sloppy and rusty in the opener and is likely disappointed to have scored just two goals. After 90 minutes under their belts, a better, more clinical performance is expected on Saturday.

The U.S. will lose if: It takes France lightly. The European squad has quality all over its starting XI, especially from the midfield forward. The U.S. is one of the top defensive teams in the world, and having Hope Solo in goal helps immensely, but it must be weary of France's speed and ability off set pieces.

What is the USWNT loses?: The team isn't expected to, but they wouldn't even be close to being eliminated with a loss.

Prediction: USA 3, France 1.

Schedule: USWNT and Olympics Women's Soccer Schedule

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