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World Cup 'test' match in Sao Paulo

Monday, 02 Jun, 2014 - 01:20

June 2 - Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium holds a final test game before the international soccer tournament opens in less than two weeks. Sarah Toms reports.

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It's less than two weeks before the World Cup but Brazil is still not ready for kick off. Fifa says there's still work to be done in the Sao Paulo stadium ahead of the opening match on 12 June. Officials staged a second "test" game to check out the facilities under full match conditions. But with work still incomplete, the game went ahead with one temporary stand closed. Just 37,000 fans saw Corinthians draw 1-1 with Botafogo, far below the 68,000 capacity that is expected for the Brazil-Croatia opener. The stadium's just one of several projects still to be finished. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OPERATIONS MANAGER, TIAGO PAES, SAYING: "Some installations and adjustments, lots of sponsor placement, some temporary structures for the event, some things associated with internet connection, televisions that need to be installed, VIP areas that need to be finished, decoration, furnishing and plants. We are full steam ahead with everything." It's a race against time for Brazil, which has been beseiged with setbacks, delays and even deaths, as workers rush to complete preparations. But the fans here are hoping everything will be ready in time and that they have something to cheer about.

World Cup 'test' match in Sao Paulo

Monday, 02 Jun, 2014 - 01:20

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