Now that is what you call a banner! South Americans unfurl giant 600m sign that needed an army of fans to march it into stadium
14:58 GMT, 5 April 2013
15:08 GMT, 5 April 2013
Three years after the first seeds of a world record idea were planted in the minds of Nacional fans, the Uruguayan club have made history.
On Thursday, during their Copa Libertadores tie against Mexican club Toluca, fans around three-quarters of the 25,000-capacity stadium were engulfed by a 600mx50m flag, the largest ever unfurled at a football match.
Record breakers: Fans of Uruguay's Nacional display the biggest flag ever seen at a football match during their Copa Libertadores
The white, red and blue banner swept down the steep banks of the Parque Central stadium in Montevideo, covering the Colombes, Olympic and Amsterdam stands, setting the tone for a pulsating match, won 4-0 by the hosts.
Festivities started earlier in the afternoon when fans gathered in the city to help carry the enormous flag, which took a year and half to make once a design had been decided upon, to the stadium.
Whole day's work: Fans spent much of the afternoon carrying the banner to the stadium through Montevideo