World Cup 2014

World Cup: Torrential rains in Recife, but FIFA says USMNT decider vs. Germany will go on

Arena Pernambuco, Recife

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REUTERS/Helder Tavares

Flooding caused by torrential rains in Recife, Brazil, is threatening Thursday's decisive World Cup Group G match between the United States and Germany.

Constant rain overnight has led to widespread flooding and is seriously impacting fans' ability to get to Arena Pernambuco (pictured), located well outside of Recife.

ESPN SportsCenter reported that referees will assess the field conditions one hour prior to the scheduled noon ET kickoff.

Upon arriving at the stadium, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl and ESPNFC.com's Jeff Carlisle reported that conditions there are far better than on the approach route.

The other match in Group G, between Ghana and Portugal in Brasilia, is scheduled to kick off simultaneously with the US-Germany match but could be affected by any weather-related delay or postponement.

No tournament games are scheduled for Friday, but postponing the match by a day would be problematic because the teams that advance from Group G are scheduled to play in the Round of 16 on June 30 (group winner) and July 1 (group runner-up).