— Rafael Araújo (@faelluis) February 28, 2019
With the electronic subs board nowhere to be seen during a Copa Libertadores match at Atlético Mineiro on Wednesday night, the officials used sheets of paper instead.
Atlético Mineiro played out a goalless draw with Uruguayan Primera División side Defensor Sporting in a third round second leg clash at Independência in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.
But fourth official John Ospina from Colombia was forced to use A4-sized sheets of paper with hand-drawn numbers to show which players were involved in substitutions.
Conflicting reports suggest the electronic board either failed ahead kick-off or was simply forgotten.
— Blog De Bate e Pronto (@BlogDBeP) February 28, 2019
At one stage, the valiant Ospina was reportedly reduced to pointing at players who were to be replaced.
The home side go through to the next round of the South American competition after a 2-0 win on aggregate.
— Jheison Adriano (@AdrianoJheison) February 27, 2019
After the match, Atlético Mineiro coach Levir Culpi commented:
It was surreal, the moment I saw it in the game.
The board did not appear in the game.
I do not know what happened.
— Моises (@moi1908_) February 27, 2019