It has been raining in Recife since Monday, but the water has finally overwhelmed the city. Fans, media and teams are having trouble navigating the roads, which are still congested as people attempt to get to Arena Pernambuco. The conditions are better in the stadium, but it will undergo an inspection. Regardless, the match between the USMNT and Germany will be the sloppiest thus far in the 2014 World Cup.
Social media has been overwhelmed by pictures of Recife as many journalists attempt to get to the stadium. By 9:00 a.m. Recife had received 2.9 inches of rain and it is still falling. The drainage of the city can no longer withstand the pressure and flooding is increasing by the second. This means that fans will struggle to make it the 17 miles from downtown to the stadium. We hope that they choose to stay safe.
The chances of a 0-0 draw increase by the minute even with far better drainage in the stadium. At the time of writing the match was scheduled to proceed as schedule. However, referee Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan will inspect the field upon arrival at the stadium. The field should be able to withstand more rain and the game should go on. However, from the twitter timeline of Taylor Twellman, it is clear that danger lurks outside of Arena Pernambuco.
“We are really doing it Harry” pic.twitter.com/VUpyR6yyAI
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) June 26, 2014
Both teams can advance with a draw in Recife and the conditions are making that more and more likely. It will be hard to play an attacking style with a rain-soaked pitch. Both teams were expected to be cautious in the beginning. As danger grows outside, expect the play on the field to be quiet.