Bert van Marwijk has declared himself “proud but disappointed” of his Socceroos side after they fell 2-1 to France in their opening game of the FIFA World Cup™.

After holding out the much more fancied opponents for the entire first half and then pegging them back just four minutes after going behind to a Antoine Griezmann penalty, a late deflected goal from Paul Pogba proved to be the 81st minute dagger in the Aussies’ hopes of pulling off an upset.

“I’m proud but disappointed. I think we gave a very good performance,” explained van Marwijk after the game.

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