BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil has arrived in Brasilia for its final preparations ahead of the Confederations Cup opener.
The hosts left their training camp in the nearby city of Goiania and will stay in the nation's capital until the match against Japan on Saturday.
Brazil was expected to make the 200-kilometer (124-mile) trip by bus but was forced to take a plane because highway protests against the local government were scheduled for Wednesday.
A two-time defending champion in the World Cup warm-up tournament, Brazil will have its first practice in Brasilia on Thursday afternoon. It will train at the newly built Estadio Nacional on Friday.
Defender Filipe Luis, who traveled to Spain for the birth of his son, also arrived in Brasilia on Wednesday to join the rest of the group.