A top-flight football match in Brazil went ahead despite
torrential flooding that let spectators literally swim around the seats.
Sao Paulo's match against Palmeiras looked certain to be
called off when the 80,000-seater Morumbi Stadium was hit by rain... then more
rain, and then yet more rain.
So bad did the deluge become that several rows of seats were
completely flooded, with fans swimming and diving around the seats.
Marcelo Aparacido Ribeiro de Souza decided that the show
must go on, however - much to the dismay of the Palmeiras coach, former Chelsea
manager Luiz Felipe Scolari - and the game kicked off after a delay of just
over an hour.
The match had to be halted 25 minutes later - but this time it
was temporary floodlight failure rather than more rain that was to blame.
Eventually the game played to a conclusion, with former Internazionale
striker Adriano coming on to score a late equaliser for Pameiras to put his
side within a point of championship leaders Corinthians.