Copa Libertadores officials use paper signs in place of electronic board

The fourth official indicates a minimum of four minutes added time
Image: Officials used hand-made signs in the absence of an electronic board

Officials at a Copa Libertadores match in Brazil had to think outside the box when faced with no available electronic board.

Hand-made paper signs were used to get them out of the jam during the game between Atletico Mineiro and Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting.

Defensor Sporting prepare their substitutions as the fourth official holds the paper numbers
Image: Defensor Sporting prepare their substitutions as the fourth official holds the paper numbers
The fourth official goes through the hand-made signs on the touchline
Image: The fourth official goes through the hand-made signs on the touchline

It was a blast from the past as the fourth official held aloft individual numbers to indicate substitutions and the amount of injury-time.

The game itself, in the third stage of the competition, will not be written into the history books after it ended goalless with Atletico winning the tie 2-0 on aggregate.

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The match ended goalless with Atletico winning the tie 2-0 on aggregate
Image: The match ended goalless with Atletico winning the tie 2-0 on aggregate

Atletico will hope to have all systems back up and running when they face Nacional, Cerro Porteno and Zamora in the group stages.

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