Manaus pitch fear for England, Italy
The pitch at Manaus's Amazonia Arena, on which England and Italy will play their opening World Cup game on Saturday, was in a poor condition on Tuesday, an AFP journalist remarked.
The playing surface was noticeably dry and particularly bare around one of the goals, revealing large yellowing areas of turf.
The rest of the stadium appeared fully functional, but not completely finished.
In and around the changing rooms, naked power cables could be seen dangling from the walls.
Outside the stadium, where workers were applying a final coat of asphalt, several security doors could be seen in their packaging, still waiting to be fitted.
Specially constructed for the 2014 World Cup, the 46,000-capacity Amazonia Arena had been held up as an example, having been one of the first new stadiums in Brazil to break ground.