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Monday, October 09, 2006

"Scotland has not won the war"

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In an explosive statement, Thierry Henry warned Scotland football team that they may have won one battle but they have not yet won the war.

We msut remember that a Gary Caldwell goal gave Walter Smith's side a dramatic 1-0 victory over the World Cup runners-up in their tense Euro 2008 qualifier at Hampden Park.

The home side were on the back foot for most of the match but enjoyed their fair share of luck before and after the Celtic defender scrambled home the winner in the second half.

Indeed, the Scots lead Group B with nine points from their opening three games and take on Ukraine in Kiev on Wednesday.

But the popular Thierry Henry was less than magnanimous in his analysis of the game.

He said: "We had the opportunity to win but it doesn't matter. What I want to say is that you have to be there at the end and we will see who is going to go through.

"Their fans have waited a long time to see a game like that at Hampden so it was nice for them.

"That was a dramatic loss for us but they still have to come over to our ground and that will be interesting. And they have to go to Ukraine now so we will see what happens.

"I know that we lost the match but that's the way it is in football. We had a couple of chances in the first half, they had one corner in the first half and two in the second and that was enough for them to win the game.

"They stuck to their game plan and set out what they wanted to do so you have to give them credit for that.

"Yes, they got their reward, maybe it wasn't deserved but they got their reward."

"Titi" Henry had the best chance of the game with four minutes to go but could not beat Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon from barely 10 yards out.

But the French strkier was in no mood to blame himself for his side's defeat.

He said: "Our defenders and midfielders had space but there was no space in the game for me, I had to make my own space.

"I had a chance with a header near the end and I thought about controlling it but I couldn't because I would have had to control it with my hand.

"The ball was going away from me all the time and I was caught in two minds and in the end I didn't even head the ball, it struck my shoulder.

"But it was not down to one chance. It was a clash that could have finished 0-0 but it didn't."