Loss takes polish off cup goal: Goodwin

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 following 15 minutes, the Australians remained in control of the title holders.

Then, France fired four goals past the Socceroos in a 4-1 romp, a result which Goodwin says took some gloss of his polished finish.

"Putting on the Australian jersey is an honourable moment at any time," Goodwin told reporters.

"But to be at the World Cup, to play against the reigning champions, and to score to take the lead was an incredible moment.

"It's something that I will cherish for the rest of the my life.

"But in the end, a little bit of disappointment because we lose the game."

Goodwin said the Australians, fortunately, had little time to dwell on the hammering from France.

They meet Tunisia on Saturday (9pm AEDT), before a last Group D game against Denmark next Thursday (2am AEDT).

Those two nations drew 0-0 in their cup opener, a result which favoured Australia.

"We have to look forward to the Tunisia game, we have to go in with full confidence," Goodwin said.

"The group is wide open.

"And we have the belief in this group that we can do something special."