Rain fell, lightning flashed, but soccer prevailed at Lambeau Field in Bayern Munich and Manchester City exhibition match

GREEN BAY – The soccer friendly between Bayern Munich and Manchester City at Lambeau Field came together quickly, but played out more slowly than planned. The exhibition match, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, started late and was delayed twice because of lightning, but by 7:15 p.m., it was estimated the worst of the storm front had moved east of Green Bay. A steady rain was not enough to delay things longer. Fans dug out rain gear, or just decided to live with being wet, and in soccer fan fashion, stood all around the Lambeau bowl to watch two of the best teams in the world wind up their very short preseasons. By 8 p.m., the rain all but stopped. A big difference between American football and soccer is the latter's continuously running clock, except on Saturday night that clock got stopped as much as in Packers games. Or at least it felt like it. By time play resumed at 7:15, the teams had gotten in just 12½ minutes of soccer The weather was even news in England. Man City reporters in the press box delighted in hearing a radio announcer in their home city read in dramatic fashion a Green Bay Press-Gazette story about possible "damaging winds ... large hail, torrential rain, flooding, and possible isolated tornadoes." During the delays, fans hung in there, many not even leaving the bowl for the safety of the concourses. These were not Packers fans wearing other jerseys. These were soccer fans, and they came from 19 countries and 50 states to see good teams in iconic Lambeau Field. The weather was even news in England. Man City reporters in the press box delighted in hearing a radio announcer in their home city read in dramatic fashion a Green Bay Press-Gazette story about possible "damaging winds ... large hail, torrential rain, flooding, and possible isolated tornadoes." During the delays, fans hung in there, many not even leaving the bowl for the safety of the concourses. These were not Packers fans wearing other jerseys. These were soccer fans, and they came from 19 countries and 50 states to see good teams in iconic Lambeau Field.
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