France´s hopes of victory were undermined as early as the 24th minute when Eric Abidal was sent off for a professional foul on Luca Toni which resulted in Andrea Pirlo scoring from the penalty spot. At that stage Franck Ribery had already been taken from the pitch on a stretcher with a leg injury.
"I do not want to make excuses but if we had the penalty and the red card (for Andre Ooijer´s handball) against Holland that the Italians had against us things could have been different," Henry told French newspaper L´Equipe.
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