Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey (USA)
A versatile, battling performance from the USA's Clint Dempsey in the shock 3-0 win over Egypt was enough to earn the Fulham striker the Budweiser Man of the Match award. In addition to an all-around fine performance, Dempsey scored the USA's third goal, the one they needed to push them into the semi-finals, where they will meet Spain.
TSG member Holger Osieck, a former assistant coach of Germany's 1990 FIFA World Cup™ winning team, had this to say about the game's stand-out player.
"He (Dempsey) started in his usual wide position, but later in the game the coach moved him into a traditional striker's role. He did brilliantly in the position, winning nearly every ball in the air, keeping possession and working hard. The goal he scored was crucial and he was the best man on the pitch."
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