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BBC Wales's Claire Summers
"The chance to see Wales take on the might of Brazil brought fans out in their hundreds."
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Wednesday, 26 April, 2000, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Brazil game sells out in hours
Ticket queues
Fans queued from early morning for tickets
Disappointed fans who missed out on the scramble for Wales's match against Brazil in Cardiff could still get to the game.

The Football Association of Wales is now hoping to receive a safety certificate to increase the capacity for the game next month.

All 66,000 tickets for the Wales v Brazil friendly match at the Millennium Stadium were sold in under eight hours on Tuesday.

There was criticism of the way in which the tickets were distributed and the FAW is now seeking to secure an extra 6,000 tickets for the 72,000 seat Millennium Stadium.

Thousands of Wales fans rushed to create an anticipated sell-out for the match next month.

The Football Association of Wales released tickets for the friendly on Tuesday priced £10 - double the cost of the friendly match against Finland.

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Brazil will play to a capacity crowd

But the increase failed to deter many who want to see Mark Hughes' side take on the world-ranked number one Brazilians on 23 May.

Some fans were queuing for tickets in Cardiff before 0500BST, determined to be part of the unique atmosphere at the National Stadium.

The FAW had hoped the attraction of the £30m-rated Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and an array of other stars in the Brazil team will attract a capacity 72,500 crowd.

Many other fans said they were drawn by the chance of seeing the national side play at the National Stadium.

The "fair-pricing" policy is one that many fans want to see extended to their crucial World Cup qualifying campaign this autumn.

More than 62,000 fans watched Ryan Giggs score in his first friendly for Wales against Finland in the 2-1 defeat.

Brazil are also due to play England four days later, as part of their preparation during the World Cup qualifiers.

Both matches will be after Brazil plays Equador on 25 April in São Paulo and before the game against Peru in Lima on 4 June.

Wales last played the former World Champions in a friendly in November 1997.

Bobby Gould's young squad flew into Brasilia and lost 3-0 to goals from Zinho, Rivaldo and Rodrigo.

But on that occasion Wales were without their top strikeforce with Mark Hughes, John Hartson and Nathan Blake pulling out through injury.

Giggs was not even named in the squad because of worries the long flight would have had on his hamstring problems.

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