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Benfica vs Juventus to be played without goal-line technology as UEFA release statement criticizing Portuguese side


Benfica’s game against Juventus will be played without goal-line technology on Tuesday night.

The two teams meet at the Estadio da Luz in the Champions League, but there were some problems before kick-off.

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Benfica’s Champions League match will be played without goal-line technology

UEFA issued a statement confirming the technology was “dysfunctional” following maintenance work at the stadium.

The statement was highly critical of the Portuguese club and said neither he nor the technology provider were aware of the work.

UEFA said: “Ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between SL Benfica and Juventus, the home club – unbeknownst to UEFA and UEFA’s goal-line technology provider – commissioned work from Estadio do SL Benfica, who did the installed goal -dysfunctional line technology system.

“Unfortunately it will not be possible to replace and install a new system in time for the match and as a result the match will continue without the use of goal-line technology in accordance with the regulations of the UEFA Champions League.”

Serbian referee Srdjan Jovanovic will instead have to rely on VAR for any potential closing decisions that require further inspection.

UEFA weren't impressed with why the tech didn't work

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UEFA weren’t impressed with why the tech didn’t work


It’s a key game in Group H, with Juve needing to beat Benfica to keep their qualification hopes alive.

The Italian side are in third place with three points, behind second place Benfica with eight points.

Group leaders Paris Saint-Germain can seal the knockout stage with a victory over Maccabi Haifa.



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