Matthew Niederhauser is reporting from Brazil with support from the Pulitzer Center.
The rain is still coming down about an hour before the match. Fans are desperately trying to get out of Recife where flooding is leaving people up to their knees in the water. The stadium is about ten miles from the city center and people are hopping out of their cars on the highway as soon as they arrive. There is a metro and bus service, but they are already overloaded.