In the most dramatic match witnessed so far at the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005, Argentina overcame Mexico 6-5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Francisco Maturana, a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group, picked out Argentina defender Javier Zanetti as the best player on the pitch in Hanover, and therefore nominated him as the Anheuser Busch Man of the Match.

It is the first time Zanetti has taken the award in this competition, but the 31-year-old's selection means an Argentinian player has claimed the individual honour in each of the four games played by the Albiceleste here in Germany.

"What we saw this evening was an excellent match, concluded with an extra serving of drama," Maturana said. "The two teams were splendid from a technical point of view, above all in their collective performances.

"The way Mexico and Argentina were set out tactically was tremendous, as was the commitment of both sets of players. For this reason, individual talent was not the determining factor in choosing the game's star performer. It was a match in which the collective came first, above individual ability. So, in this sense, the display that we liked best came from Javier Zanetti.

"To be precise, the outstanding characteristics of this player are not his technique or skill, but his commitment and fighting spirit throughout a match," Maturana concluded. "Therefore we considered him the player who best symbolised the drama that unfolded between Argentina and Mexico."