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FIFA opens new phase of ticket sales for World Cup

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This photo released by Portal da Copa shows Arena da Amazonia stadium on the day of its inauguration in Manaus in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Three stadiums still have to be finished, including the one hosting the opener in Sao Paulo in about three months. (AP Photo/Jose Zamith, Portal da Copa)

SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA will open a new phase of ticket sales for the World Cup on Wednesday, available online on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About 160,000 tickets will be available for all matches except the opener, the final and five others, including two group matches in Manaus, England vs. Italy and United States vs. Portugal. Tickets for two second-round matches and the semifinal in Belo Horizonte also won't be available because of high demand in previous sales phases.

This phase will remain open until April 1, but FIFA said ''tickets are expected to sell out fast.''

Of the 3.3 million tickets available for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950, more than 2.3 million have already been allocated.

The final sales phase is expected to start April 15.

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