SAO PAULO (AP) — Tickets remain available for more than 15 World Cup matches just a day before the tournament opener, including some involving Germany, Italy and France.
FIFA said it already sold more than 2.9 million tickets, but some were still on sale Wednesday.
There were plenty of tickets for matches between less prominent nations, including Bosnia-Iran and Greece-Ivory Coast, but it was also still possible to attend games with some of the more traditional teams. Fans could still get tickets on FIFA's website for matches such as Germany-Ghana, Switzerland-France and Italy-Uruguay.
Only tickets for the highest-priced categories remained available for the better matches.
FIFA said a total of about 3.1 million tickets will be sold for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950.
Thursday's opener between Brazil and Croatia at the troubled Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo sold out fast. Of the 61,600 tickets available, only about 25,600 were sold to the general public. Nearly 10,000 additional tickets went to fans through promotional activities, but sponsors and local organizers got most of them.
Tickets for the July 13 final at the Maracana Stadium also were hard to get. A crowd of nearly 80,000 is expected at the decisive match.
The game with the most tickets available by Wednesday morning was Bosnia-Iran in the northeastern city of Salvador on June 25, followed by Greece-Ivory Coast a day earlier in nearby Fortaleza. The Nigeria-Bosnia game on June 21 in the western city of Cuiaba also remained available.
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