Jozy Altidore stole the Hyundai Best Young Player headlines on Day 8 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, playing a vital role in an equaliser crucial to USA hopes of remaining in the competition. Five candidates for the Award were on show in Port Elizabeth - three for Germany and two for Serbia. In the final match in Cape Town, Algeria's Ryad Boudebouz was named in the starting line-up against England. FIFA.com reflects upon their performances.
Thomas Muller: Muller had a difficult time against a very strong Serbian defence. As was the case for most of the Germany side, the Bayern Munich star tried hard but endured a frustrating afternoon. Playing in a more offensive role following the first-half dismissal of Miroslav Klose, he managed just two shots during the 70 minutes he was on the field, both around the hour mark, but neither of them hit the target.
Holger Badstuber: Badstuber played at left-back against Serbia but was troubled by the impressive Krasic all game - with the cross that set up Serbia's opening goal coming from his side of the field. The 21-year-old did complete 34 passes out of 46 before being replaced by Mario Gomez but, on the whole, it was not a very good day for him.
Marko Marin: The Werder Bremen winger didn't start against the Serbs, but with Germany's need for an equaliser ever more desperate as the clock would down, the talented Marin was brought on in place of fellow BYP candidate Muller with 12 minutes to go. He managed to dig out two shots during that time, one of which hit the target, but was unable to change the course of the game.
Radosav Petrovic: The young Serb was handed just 15 minutes at the tail end of game against Germany, coming on as a late substitute for Zdravko Kuzmanovic. And he wasted no time in trying to find the back of the net, striking an effort off target just two minutes later.
Jozy Altidore: Altidore was a constant thorn in the side of the Slovenian defence, and coach Bob Bradley needed him to be after seeing his side go 2-0 behind. Indeed, Altidore's huge frame played a vital role in the USA equaliser, as he fought off the attentions of his marker to head Landon Donovan's cross into the path of Michael Bradley, who made no mistake in scoring.
Ryad Boudebouz: Boudebouz started brightly and was confident enough to try a couple of shots in the early stages – one blocked, the other going wide. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder did not stop running throughout, but looked a little lost at times in the second period and was substituted in the 74th minute.