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Fans on field, sound system issues among setbacks in 1st major test event at World Cup stadium

Fans on the field and no sound for the national anthem marked the first major test event at a Brazilian World Cup stadium.

World Cup organizers say they are satisfied with the handling of 40,000 fans for the Brazilian Cup match between Vasco da Gama and Resende at the stadium in Manaus. But they admit some issues need to be addressed before the World Cup match between England and Italy in June.

The nearly 600 stewards couldn't keep some fans from entering the field after the 0-0 draw between the Rio de Janeiro clubs.

Before kickoff, players lined up for the national anthem but the sound system failed and nothing was heard.

The World Cup organizing committee says it doesn't expect "everything to be perfect."