Italy star Daniele de Rossi has been named Budweiser Man of the Match by the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) for his full-blooded commitment, pivotal midfield role and crucial goal in the Azzurri’s Group B victory over the USA in Tshwane/Pretoria.

"De Rossi plays a central midfield role in the Italian national team’s tactical system," stated German TSG member Holger Osieck, who observed the match at Loftus Versfeld Stadium. "He covered a huge amount of ground, frequently regained possession for his team, opened up the game with some precise passing, and ultimately produced a magnificent solo effort to make the score 2-1 and set his side on course for victory."

FIFA's TSG (Technical Study Group) carries out in-depth analysis of the latest trends in the game and keeps FIFA's member associations fully informed of all the latest tactical innovations.

To find out more about the members of the TSG analysing the tournament click on the link on the right hand side.