With torrential rains pouring down and thunder cracks drowning out the roar of the fans in the stands of Donbass Arena in Donetsk, referees suspended the France-Ukraine match just moments after it started on Friday.

Fans who had settled in the front rows of the stadium rushed to the back in search of cover. But many opted to enjoy the suddenly inclement atmosphere -- some even dancing in the rain. The Group D match was suspended for a full 55 minutes. After the rain and lightning subsided, France would defeat Ukraine.

The disruption, however, provided an opportunity for a few beautiful photos of the sky in turmoil. Check out the collection of mesmerizing photos from the storm.

Also on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    A general view during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Yevhen Selin of Ukraine and Yevhen Khacheridi put pressure on Jeremy Menez of France during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Football fans show their support during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Referee Bjorn Kuipers suspends play due to bad weather during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    A lighting is seen above the Donbass Arena in Donetsk as the Euro 2012 championships football match Ukraine vs France has been suspended because of bad weather conditions, on June 15, 2012.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Ukrainian fans get wet following a downpour in the fan zone in Donetsk during the the Euro 2012 championships Group D football match Ukraine vs France on June 15, 2012 at the Donbass Arena.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    A general view shows the dark sky above at the Donbass Arena during the Euro 2012 championships football match Ukraine vs France on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    A general view during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    A general view during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    A detailed view of the waterlogged pitch after play is suspended due to bad weather during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Swedish referee Bjorn Kuipers (CL) gestures as he stops the game due to heavy rainfall and lightnings during the Euro 2012 championships football match Ukraine vs France on June 15, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Referee Bjorn Kuipers suspends play due to bad weather during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Players leave the pitch after play was suspended to due to weather during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Groundsman attend to the waterlogged pitch during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Ground's men make holes in the pitch to drain the water under the rain as the Euro 2012 championships football match Ukraine vs France is suspended due to heavy rainfall on June 15, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Referee Bjorn Kuipers speaks to officials after play was suspended due to bad weather during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Groundsman attend to the waterlogged pitch during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Play is suspended due to bad weather during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Fans of Ukraine's national football team react under the rain as the Euro 2012 championships football match Ukraine vs France is suspend due to heavy rainfall on June 15, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    A lighting is pictured as the Euro 2012 championships football match Ukraine vs France is suspended due to heavy rainfall on June 15, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Journalists protect themselves from the rain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk as the Euro 2012 championships football match Ukraine vs France has been suspended because of bad weather conditions, on June 15, 2012.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Stadium employees stand under the rain as the Euro 2012 championships football match Ukraine vs France is suspended due to heavy rainfall on June 15, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Football fans shelter from the rain during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Heavy rain is lit by the floodlights during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    A detailed view of the waterlogged pitch after play is suspended due to bad weather during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Heavy rain falls as the match is suspended during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between Ukraine and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, June 15, 2012.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Lightning flashes over the stadium after the weather suspended the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between Ukraine and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, June 15, 2012.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Lightning strikes during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between Ukraine and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, June 15, 2012. The match was suspended due to heavy rain.

  • Ukraine v France - Group D

    Lightning strikes during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between Ukraine and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, June 15, 2012. The match was suspended due to heavy rain.