Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Henry: My Goal Was for Foe

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Henry: My Goal Was for Foe

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Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has dedicated his goal in France's 3-2 Confederations Cup win over Turkey to Marc Vivien Foe.

Foe had died only hours earlier after collapsing during Cameroon's 1-0 victory over Colombia in the other semi-final.

Henry said: "Everyone is shocked. I played against him a few times in France and in England. The first goal was for him."

The goal was celebrated with all the players pointing to the sky in a tribute to Foe.

France will now play Cameroon in the final after FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed the match will still go ahead at the African side's request.

"Marco was like a big brother, an extraordinary guy," said France keeper Gregory Coupet, a former team-mate of Foe at Lyon.

"We had to go on to the pitch last night, life goes on. As far as the final is concerned I guess the Cameroon team will have trouble to concentrate but they will also fight very hard to pay tribute to him."

Outgoing Leeds midfielder Olivier Dacourt added: "Before the match when we found out there were no words, just sad feelings and tears, then we tried to do our best on the pitch. …

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