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Stadium of World Cup opener to be tested again

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Stadium of World Cup opener to be tested again

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SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian organizers will test the stadium hosting the World Cup opener one more time after a request from FIFA.

The local soccer federation has changed the Brazilian league schedule so another match can be played at the troubled stadium. Itaquerao remains unfinished three weeks before the World Cup begins in Sao Paulo.

The stadium held its first official match Sunday in what was supposed to be the final test event before the tournament. But soccer's governing body and the local World Cup organizing committee want another game ''to ensure the entire infrastructure is tested at full capacity'' before the opener.

Nearly 70,000 fans and guests are expected for the Brazil-Croatia opener, but fewer than 40,000 were at the stadium Sunday.

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