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Portugal boosted by CR7's return

After weeks of speculation it's been confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will start against Germany.

After weeks of speculation it's been confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will start against Germany. Picture: AFP.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Portugal have received a huge boost ahead of their massive 2014 World Cup opener against Germany tonight.

After weeks of speculation it's been confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be in the starting lineup.

The Portuguese captain has been suffering from knee and thigh injury for weeks now which even threatened his participation in this year's World Cup.

His side will be bolstered by his return in the 'group of death'.

WEATHER WARNING

Brazilian authorities in Natal have issued a weather alert after days of heavy rain caused flooding in several surrounding neighbourhoods.

Thirty-six hours of nonstop rain in Natal could put tonight World Cup match between USA and Ghana under threat.

More than 220 millimeters of rain have fallen in the city, that's over half the monthly average for June.

Authorities have evacuated 50 homes and power cuts were experience in some part of the city.

Residents have been advised to find dryer grounds.

No deaths or injuries have been reported although two buildings were evacuated out of precaution.

Despite the downpours, match organisers are confident the game will go ahead.

BRAZILIAN HOSPITALITY

Tourists travelling throughout Brazil say they're overwhelmed by the hospitality of the 2014 World Cup host country.

A survey published in a local newspaper, shows more than 600 thousand fans have already visited the country for the spectacle.

In a space of less than a week more than 600,000 tourists have touched down at Brazil soil, trying to get a taste of the World Cup Fever. A survey conducted nationwide over the past week has seen tourists complain about multiple things.

The poor public transport, outdated airports infrastructure and a lack of multilingual tourist information.

Other complains included a broken escalator at Rio de Janeiro Airport, poor phone coverage in Sao Paulo and what other holiday goers have described as ridiculously high prices.

But the one area where the host nation stood tall is in its pleasantness.

So while 2014 World Cup may not be remembered as the most efficient in recent times, it may go down as the friendliest.

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