Football's world governing body FIFA will stick with plans to hold World Cup matches in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, backing down from a threat to drop the host city due to delayed work on a stadium.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said the decision followed signs of progress on construction, financial guarantees and commitments by organizers, who said the stadium would now be ready less than two weeks before the tournament kicks off.
Curitiba, where world champions Spain will play a first-round match, is the most extreme case of the delays plaguing host cities.
Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports from Curitiba.
Source: Al Jazeera