Flooding in the World Cup host city of Recife is clogging travel to the Arena Pernambuco stadium ahead of Thursday's crucial USA-Germany match.
“Main roads are turning into rivers and the downpour hasn’t let up for nearly 12 hours," CNN reported. "Access to the stadium is getting tough — a trip that is normally easy on a sunny day."
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 26, 2014
Despite storms that dumped as much as three inches of rain on the city, FIFA officials confirmed to multiple outlets Thursday morning that the USA-Germany game would go ahead as scheduled.
Hard to tell exact field conditions from up here, but at least there's no standing water pic.twitter.com/PIGi6YOMxJ
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 26, 2014
As the U.S.-Germany match approached, fans and media took to Twitter to share photos of the transit nightmare caused by the rainfall:
— Rick Maese (@RickMaese) June 26, 2014
— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) June 26, 2014
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 26, 2014