Socceroos goalscorer Craig Goodwin reveals his wonder strike against France went AGAINST coach Graham Arnold’s orders
Craig Goodwin sent Australia wild and made headlines around the world when he scored the Socceroos’ opener against France – but the winger has revealed his wonder finish went against coach Graham Arnold’s orders.
In just the ninth minute of Wednesday’s World Cup match, Harry Souttar found the foot of right winger Mat Leckie with a precise long ball. Leckie turned the defender with his first touch before firing a cross along the ground across the box.
Craig Goodwin (pictured) sent Australia wild when he scored the Socceroos’ opener against France – but the winger has revealed his wonder finish went against coach Graham Arnold’s orders.
It was the Socceroos’ first goal in open play since Tim Cahill’s iconic volley at the 2014 World Cup – but according to the South Australian he should have kept the shot low and hard.
Leckie’s perfect pass found Goodwin unmarked at the far post, with the former KFC worker thumping home past Hugo Lloris high into the net.
It was the Socceroos’ first World Cup goal since Tim Cahill’s iconic volley in 2014 – but according to the South Australian he should have kept the shot low and hard.
“The assistant coach, Rene Meulensteen, talked to me after the game because before the game, and in the build-up, they talked about how against France we were going to keep our shots low and hard,” Goodwin explained on the Today show Thursday. .
Goodwin made the ending look easy – but he revealed it was a lot harder than it looked
“So he joked with me and said, I don’t know what you did with our advice, but you put it on the roof of the net and it works. It was a very nice moment.
“I just tried to put something on it and try to keep the ball in the goal. It was a great feeling when it hit the nets.
Goodwin made the ending look easy – but he revealed it was a lot harder than it looked.
“Everyone who has played the game knows them [crosses] that bounce that it’s so easy for them to shoot up and go over the bar, he explained.
Coach Graham Arnold (pictured) and his coaching staff instructed shots to be kept low and hard at the French goalkeeper
“I’m thankful that with my first shot in the tournament I was lucky enough to go in.”
Unfortunately, the euphoria would only last 18 minutes with France equalizing and then taking complete control of the game before the break.
The reigning champions ruthlessly exposed the gulf in class between the two football teams, with a final score of 4-1.
The Socceroos will now prepare for their must-win group game against Tunisia on Saturday night, where they will look to emulate the exuberant form they showed in the opening 20 minutes against France.
Goodwin (pictured) is confident the Aussies can get a result against Tunisia on Saturday night in their must-win group game
“Everyone in the group is really confident that we can get something out of this game,” Goodwin said
“We said from the start that we don’t want to be here to just make up the numbers, we believe in the group we have and we believe we’re going to do something special.”