Previous
Dinamo Moscow
PSV Eindhoven
ESPN3 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Krasnodar
Everton
ESPN3 4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Standard Liege
ESPN3 5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rijeka
Sevilla FC
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
VfL Wolfsburg
Lille
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
Napoli
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sparta Prague
BSC Young Boys
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AaB
Rio Ave
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Dynamo Kiev
Steaua Bucuresti
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Dinamo Minsk
Fiorentina
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Guingamp
PAOK Salonika
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Metalist Kharkiv
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Trabzonspor
Legia Warsaw
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Zürich
Borussia Monchengladbach
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Villarreal
Apollon Limassol
ESPN3 7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Club Brugge
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Torino
FC Copenhagen
ESPN3 7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Asteras Tripoli
Partizan Belgrade
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
Besiktas
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Celtic
Dinamo Zagreb
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
FK Astra Giurgiu
SV Salzburg
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Estoril
Panathinaikos
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
FK Qarabag
ESPN3 7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
St Etienne
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Chicago Fire
ESPN2 12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Toluca
Guadalajara
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Douglas Haig
Argentinos Juniors
10:10 PM GMT
Game Details
Ferro Carril Oeste
San Martín de San Juan
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Palmeiras
Chapecoense AF
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
San Martin
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport Huancayo
Juan Aurich
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
UTC
Melgar
8:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Alianza Lima
San Simón
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Rubio Ñú
12 de Octubre
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Cerro Porteño
Sol de América
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bolívar
Universitario de Pando
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Real Potosí
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Universitario de Sucre
Sport Boys Warnes
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Blooming
Wilstermann
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Deportes Quindío
Independiente Santa Fe
12:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Atlético Nacional
Deportes Tolima
12:45 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Next
ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Jun 26, 2014

Rains won't delay U.S.-Germany match

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to FC's Jeremy Schaap as he arrives at the Arena Pernambuco amid heavy rain.

United States' decisive Group G clash against Germany on Thursday will be played as scheduled despite torrential rains in Recife, FIFA has confirmed.

- Wright: Klinsmann provides USA fans with sick note
- Carlisle: Expectations and success for U.S. hang in the balance

The two sides' are due to meet at the Arena Pernambuco on Thursday, with both nations looking to secure qualification to the round of 16.

There had been fears that the match would be postponed following hours of heavy rainfall in the Brazilian city, which has led to flooding. However, FIFA has told ESPN FC that the game is to be played as planned.

The referee for the clash, Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan, is set to brief FIFA one hour before kick-off.

The dangerous conditions have caused major problems for those travelling through the streets of Recife, with people having to abandon their vehicles.

Despite the flooding around the city, though, the Arena Pernambuco pitch appears to be in good condition.

ESPN FC reporter Jeremy Schaap said: "It was raining all night, high winds down on the waterfront in Recife where we're staying. It took about an hour-and-a-half to get here. A lot of the streets in Recife [are] impassable [with] flooding, people up to their knees trying to push. We got to the stadium here, finally, and the pitch looks very wet.

"At noon, local time (11am ET), an hour before kick-off, the referee will go out on to the field with a FIFA official. They will kick the ball around and at that point, based on what they feel with the ball, with this pitch, they will make a determination whether or not to play this game as scheduled.

"Yesterday, when there was relatively light traffic and no rain it took about 25 to 30 minutes, maybe a little longer than that. It's not close, it's a stadium that is a long way out of the city. It's going to take people a long time to get here.

"But it seems through social media people are being made aware of the issues, they are going to allow themselves some extra time to get here. Some of the good news, though, is there is less rain and less wind in [the stadium]. We are further from the coast and a little bit inland at this stadium."

United States experienced similar problems before their opening World Cup game against Ghana in Natal, although that match was allowed to take place despite torrential rain in the city.

Were Thursday's clash to be postponed, it raises the possibility that Group G's other remaining game involving Portugal and Ghana -- which is due to start at the same time -- could also suffer the same fate.

FIFA's rules state that the final round of World Cup group games must kick off at the same time to prevent teams from gaining an unfair advantage by knowing exactly what result they may need to advance to the next stage.

Given the current tightness of Group G, this would perhaps have to be the case as all four teams can still qualify for the round of 16.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.