US-Germany match to go on despite downpour

US-Germany match to go on despite downpour
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Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 9:50am

It's raining hard Thursday in Recife, Brazil, where the U.S. is set to face off against Germany in a crucial World Cup game.

Yet the pivotal match will be played as scheduled, an official for soccer's governing body said.

Main roads are turning into rivers and the downpour hasn't let up for nearly 12 hours. Access to the stadium is getting tough -- a trip that is normally easy on a sunny day.

If it's unsafe for traffic or even impossible for cars or team buses to access the stadium, the game could be delayed or postponed.

Cars are barely inching ahead in the flood, said CNN International correspondent Alex Thomas who is at the World Cup.

Appearing on CNN at about 10 a.m. ET Thomas noted that had the U.S.-Germany match been postponed or delayed, that would have affected the Ghana-Portugal game, also happening Thursday.

Final group games are mandated to be played at the exact same time to avoid teams colluding to get through because they know the result of the other game in the group.

Meanwhile, there's been drama for Ghana. Two of its star players were thrown out of their squad, accused of physical and verbal attacks within the team's camp.

The Ghana Football Association suspended Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Muntari, who plays his football with Italian side AC Milan, was accused of launching an "unprovoked physical attack" on Moses Armah -- a member of the GFA, according to a statement on its website.

GFA says Boateng launched "vulgar verbal insults" at coach Kwesi Appiah during training this week.

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