BELO HORIZONTE- Sometimes not even one of the greatest players of all time has the potential to make it to some matches. That was what occured with Pelé on Tuesday as he was one of several people in São Paulo that were stuck in traffic as the rush was on to head home before the match began.
Doesn't sound like a big deal, does it?
Well the problem was that there was a 300km gridlock in the Brazilian megalopolis despite Tuesday, according to the city's CET (Traffic and Engineering sector). This chaos occurred despite it being one of six potential national holidays designated by the government throughout the coming month.
Pelé was unable to get home in time for kickoff but was still able to watch the second half of the scoreless draw between the Scratch du Oro and El Tri on Tuesday as Group A began their second round of matches.
"It was the first time in my life I had to follow a Brazil match from my car," he said in an interview with Globo after the scoreless draw between the Scratch du Oro and El Tri at the Arena Castelão in Fortaleza.
During the interview he talked about how much he suffered listening to the match while he was stuck in the traffic jam.
Brazil will now play Cameroon at the Estadio Mané Garrincha in Brasilia as a win will automatically qualify them to the next round. They would also have to wait and see what happens in the match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. A win for Croatia, in combination with a win against Cameroon would see them advance to the next round over El Tri.
If Mexico were to win, then the tie-break between them and the host nation would have to go down to goal differential.