Also, Hull City's Jackson Irvine would also come on in the second half to help Australia compete against France's all-star team which included the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Thomas Lemar.
With a surprising level of comfort for long periods too.
"We all are sure that there will not be any problems for the Nigerian players because the atmosphere we felt already arriving in Russian Federation was very good", he said. Just after I got up, it was hurting a bit. I think there were a lot of moments they didn't know what to do anymore.
Griezmann admitted France had not played as well as they could have.
"That's a big compliment for us".
The VAR almost came into play within minutes of that opening goal, when Samuel Umtiti left his arm up in the air so that the ball would hit his hand, but, this time Cunha, after taking a couple of seconds, awarded Australia the penalty, without the need of technology.
Risdon had appeared to get the very faintest of touches on the ball with his last-ditch slide, but it did not take the ball out of Griezmann's possession and the tackle then subsequently tripped up the French attacker's trailing foot as he bore down on goal.
For a moment it appeared as though Australia had dodged a bullet as play continued but, in a move which drew a nervous groan from the Aussie supporters in the crowd, referee Andres Cunha blew his whistle and chose to take another look.
6 - Van Marwijk played his cards well, even before the opening whistle.
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"The body language was that he didn't know, from my position", van Marwijk said.
France had demonstrated why they entered the match as clear favorites, their crisp passing, time and composure on the ball separating them from the more agricultural Socceroos.
Australia equalized through Mile Jedinak with a penalty of their own following Samuel Umtiti's inexplicable decision to handle a cross, but soon afterwards it was the turn of goal-line technology to steal the show.
France retook the lead with probably the best move of the match in the 81st minute. "A lucky goal", van Marwijk said.
"First of all, I felt the contact and for me it was a penalty", man of the match Griezmann told reporters.
Between the three of them, Risdon, Milligan and Sainsbury had 26 interceptions, more than the entire French team combined.
"It's not the most important thing", Griezmann said. We were not quick enough and this favoured Australia.
France's next game in Group C is against Peru.
In a tournament of such magnitude, you can not afford to fall asleep - not even for a second! "On the replay inside the stadium it didn't look conclusive", Ryan said. "But when he went to see if there was a penalty I immediately thought about how I would take it".