Hughes teased his former Chelsea team-mate and current Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo over the Torres-Nelsen duel when they crossed paths after the game.
But Nelsen, the All Whites' captain, gave a more humble appraisal of his performance against the Spaniard.
"It was very nice of the manager to say that, but Fernando has had a few over me in his career," the centre-back said.
"Every time I've come up against him he's been unbelievably hard. He makes very late runs, has great vision, and his finishing ability is amazing.
"I doubt he is as quick as he used to be, but while people say you lose speed, you can gain it in your mind.
"I've seen some incredibly fast players be extremely slow on the field because they've not got (that speed) in their head."