Budweiser Man of the Match: Mohamed Zidan (EGY)
Making full use of his speed, finishing skills and ability to cover lots of ground, Egypt forward Mohamed Zidan was the FIFA Technical Study Group's choice as Budweiser Man of the Match when Brazil met Egypt in Mangaung/Bloemfontein on Monday. Unfortunately for Zidan, his efforts were not enough to stop the Brazilians claiming a thrilling 4-3 win in the opening match in Group B of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009.
"Even though Egypt ended up losing the game to a late goal, Zidan turned in a very creditable performance," commented TSG member Gerard Houllier of France, who watched the game from the stands at the Free State Stadium. "He had a huge bearing on the game, scoring two equalising goals for his team, the first to make it 1-1 and the second 3-3. He also popped up all over the pitch and gave the Brazilian defence a lot of work to do."
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