Craig Goodwin and the Socceroos were briefly on top of the world.
Goodwin scored against France just nine minutes into their World Cup opener in Qatar.
And for the next 15 minutes, the Australians remained in control of the defending champions.
Then France scored four goals past the Socceroos in a 4-1 game, a result which Goodwin said tarnished their fine finish.
“Donning the Australian jersey is an honorable moment at any time,” Goodwin told reporters.
“But being at the World Cup, playing against the defending champions and scoring to take the lead was an incredible moment.
“It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.
“But in the end, a bit of disappointment because we lost the match.”
Goodwin said the Australians, thankfully, had little time to dwell on France’s hammering.
They meet Tunisia on Saturday (9:00 p.m. AEDT), before a final Group D game against Denmark next Thursday (2:00 a.m. AEDT).
These two nations drew 0-0 in their cup opener, a result that favored Australia.
“We have to look forward to the match against Tunisia, we have to go there with confidence,” said Goodwin.
“The group is very open.
“And we believe in this group that we can do something special.”
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