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Brazilian World Cup officials pleased after key test at troubled stadium in host city Curitiba

This March 20, 2014 photo released by Portal da Copa, shows an aerial view of the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. It's all coming down to the final 30 days. Brazil had seven years to get ready for the World Cup, but it enters the final month of preparations with a lot yet to be done. The unfinished stadium in Brazil's southern city of Curitiba, was nearly excluded from the tournament by FIFA earlier this year. The first full test at the venue is scheduled for this week.(AP Photo/Portal da Copa, Alexandre Carnieri)

This March 20, 2014 photo released by Portal da Copa, shows an aerial view of the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. It's all coming down to the final 30 days. Brazil had seven years to get ready for the World Cup, but it enters the final month of preparations with a lot yet to be done. The unfinished stadium in Brazil's southern city of Curitiba, was nearly excluded from the tournament by FIFA earlier this year. The first full test at the venue is scheduled for this week.(AP Photo/Portal da Copa, Alexandre Carnieri)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilian World Cup organizers finally had some good news to deliver after one of the country's most troubled stadiums held an important test event without any major setbacks.

Local officials said Thursday they were pleased with the result of Wednesday's test match at the Arena da Baixada, saying it was a step forward to making sure the delayed stadium in the southern city of Curitiba is ready in time for the World Cup in a few weeks.

There were some problems during the exhibition between Corinthians and host Atletico Paranaense, with fans facing difficulty getting into the venue, but organizers said that was expected as the stadium infrastructure remains unfinished.

The match happened even though seats are still being installed at the Arena da Baixada.