Two-thirds of World Cup matches sold out

2014-03-12 17:49

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More than two-thirds of the World Cup matches have been sold out less than three hours after Fifa opened new ticket sales.

Tickets for all Brazil matches were gone in about an hour today as were the ones for all the quarterfinals and nearly all second-round matches in the June 12-July 13 tournament.

Only about 20 matches involving less popular teams remained available for purchase on Fifa’s website.

This phase is on a first-come, first-serve basis and the four highest-demand matches of the 64 did not offer tickets – the opener in Sao Paulo, the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro and the semifinals in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte.

About 345 000 tickets were available in this stage, which closes on April 1.

Fifa said it expected to release more tickets for all matches in the last-minute sales phase that begins on April 15.

Some Brazilian fans complained of the long wait to purchase tickets on Wednesday, saying it took nearly an hour just to access the online sales platform. Fifa said it had to place fans in a virtual line because of the high demand.

Of the 3.3 million tickets available for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950, more than 2.3 million had been allocated before this latest round of sales, mostly to Brazilian fans.

All matches for England, Germany and the US also sold out fast today, according to Fifa’s ticketing website.

The matches with the least demand were Nigeria vs Bosnia in Cuiaba and Greece vs Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, which was the host city with the most tickets still available. Matches in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, were the fastest to sell out.

The only second-round match still available was in Brasilia, the capital. Tickets were also being sold for the third-place match there.

Other matches still available today were Italy vs Costa Rica in Recife and France vs Honduras in Porto Alegre.

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