Stadium of World Cup opener to be tested again

TALES AZZONI (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
Stadium of World Cup opener to be tested again
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Corinthians's and Figueirense players listen the national anthem prior to a Brazilian soccer league match at the Itaquerao, the still unfinished stadium that will host the World Cup opener match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Only 40,000 tickets were put on sale for Corinthians' match against Figueirense because some of the 20,000 temporary seats needed for the World Cup opener are still being installed. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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.