Risdon’s debut not all roses after tackle controversy

South Western Times
Bunbury’s Josh Risdon, pictured training earlier this month, was part of a controversial penalty in Australia’s opening match against France on Saturday night.
Camera IconBunbury’s Josh Risdon, pictured training earlier this month, was part of a controversial penalty in Australia’s opening match against France on Saturday night. Credit: Robert Cianflone / Getty Images

Bunbury’s Josh Risdon will remember his World Cup debut for all the wrong reasons, after he was involved in a controversial penalty in France’s 2-1 win over the Socceroos on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old brought down Antoine Griezmann in the box during the first half with what appeared to be a clean tackle, but the video assistant referee deemed it to be illegal and France were awarded a penalty.

Griezmann slotted the goal from the spot to give the French team the lead, before the Socceroos hit back with a goal from Mile Jedinak thanks to another penalty just four minutes later.

France went 2-1 in the 80th minute to hand the Socceroos a disappointing defeat.

The game was the biggest of Risdon’s career, with the former Perth Glory defender playing in front of a massive crowd in Russia.

Australia are now preparing for their next game, when they take on Denmark on Thursday night.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails