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Practice held at stadium hosting World Cup opener
Amid construction, Brazilian club practices for 1st time at stadium hosting World Cup opener
By TALES AZZONI
Associated Press
2014-03-15 11:42 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The delayed stadium hosting the inaugural World Cup match in less than three months opened for a brief training session on Saturday, with construction workers taking a break to watch players set foot on the pitch for the first time.

Although the Itaquerao isn't expected to be fully ready before mid-April, Brazilian club Corinthians was allowed to train at the stadium in a closed session in which only journalists and workers could watch.

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.

Two other stadiums still have to be finished ahead of football's premiere event.

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