Practice held stadium hosting World Cup opener

TALES AZZONI (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
Practice held at stadium hosting World Cup opener
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Men work at the Itaquerao, the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in less than three months in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, March 15, 2014. The Itaquerao was one of the six stadiums that were supposed to be finished by the end of 2013, but a crane collapse that killed two workers in November caused significant delays to the venue where Brazil will play Croatia on June 12. The stadium is not expected to be ready before mid-April. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The stadium hosting the inaugural World Cup match in less than three months opened for a brief practice session on Saturday.

Construction workers took a break to watch players from the Brazilian club Corinthians step on the field for the first time.

Although the Itaquerao stadium isn't expected to be fully ready before mid-April, Corinthians was allowed to train at the stadium in a closed session with journalists.

The Itaquerao was one of the six stadiums expected to be finished by the end of 2013. However, a crane collapse killed two workers in November and caused significant delays to the venue where Brazil will play Croatia on June 12.

Two other stadiums are unfinished ahead of soccer's premiere event.