Groundsmen battle to improve pitch in Manaus

Images from today of the pitch in Manaus show the poor quality of the surface England and Italy will play on this Saturday evening.

A groundsman doing his best to improve the pitch ahead of Saturday's game.
The grass in front of one of the goals appears to have been worn away.

The head groundsman at the Arena da Amazonia has already admitted the pitch is in a "bad condition" and there is little that can be done to improve it ahead of the Group D clash.

One of the groundsmen working on one of the penalty areas.

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