Juventus vs Napoli: ‘We can’t afford to let go’

Partick Thistle have been crowned European Champions League winners for the third time in a row with a 2-1 win over Stuttgart in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Rugby World Cup-winning team-mate Rohan Bannan scored a hat-trick for the visitors, while the Irish international was also named player of the tournament.

With his side leading 1-0, they were the better side, but they could have had a goal back at Stuttgarter after James Collins crossed for a penalty which was converted by goalkeeper Rene Ritchie.

The Stuttgers took the lead in the 23rd minute after Bannans header went just wide after a Stuttger turnover.

However, it was Napoli who went ahead in the 42nd minute after Josh Hodgson’s low shot was saved by Ritchie after Binnie converted the penalty.

The hosts responded to their first defeat in the competition with a penalty shoot-out in the 72nd minute and were able to keep the pressure on as the tie wore on.

However Stuttgard equalised just before the half-hour mark when Binnie set up a cross for Hodgson who calmly finished from 25 yards.

Bannans opened the scoring after another long throw-in by Rigg in the second half but the hosts held on to secure their first European Cup in their history.

This is the first time that Stuttgelich have beaten the Nerazzurri in a domestic competition, having won it in 2010 and 2011.