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All tickets sold for Cup semis, final

February 6, 2010

JOHANNESBURG -- Tickets for the World Cup semifinals and final, as well as two of England's first round matches in South Africa, have sold out, FIFA said on Friday.

FIFA said there were no more tickets for England's matches against the United States in Rustenburg on June 12 and Slovenia in Port Elizabeth on June 23.

Tickets for the match between world champion Italy and Paraguay in Cape Town on June 11 and Brazil and Portugal in Durban two weeks later have also sold out.

The final phase of World Cup tickets sales will open on Tuesday with more than 400,000 seats still available.

Fans have until April 7 to bid for tickets for 53 of the 64 matches at the tournament, which runs from June 11-July 11.

The fourth phase of sales is again to be conducted over the Internet, and also for South African residents at bank branches, but this time will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

World soccer's governing body said it had sold 585,175 tickets, some 70 percent to local residents, in its third sales phase, which closed last month and which was drawn on a lottery basis and allocated this week.