Saracens 3 Clermont Auvergne 22
A try from Lee Byrne helped Clermont to a comfortable victory over Saracens in the fourth Heineken Cup Quarter Final.
Clermont topped a pool containing Ulster and Leicester Tigers to book their place in the quarter finals, while Saracens had edged Biarritz and Ospreys at the summit of Pool 5.
Morgan Parra returned to the Clermont starting line-up to partner David Skrella in the halves, while Sitiveni Sivivatu was also recalled to the wing.
For Sarries, there were returns for Rhys Gill and Brad Barritt, while Richard Wigglesworth made his first starting appearance since October.
The hosts indiscipline handed the advantage to Clermont during the early stages of the match, with Brock James obliging three times with the boot in the first ten minutes to put the French side 9-0 up.
Owen Farrell booted over a penalty in response for Saracens, but neither side were able to add any further points to their tally before the interval.
The opening stages following the restart proved terminal to Sarries hopes of reaching the last four of the competition, as Clermont crossed for the game's only try and kicked a penalty and a drop goal to establish a healthy advantage.
The try came on 43 minutes when Byrne combined with team-mates Parra and Aurelien Rougerie to crash over. James added the goal then struck a penalty and drop goal to make it 22-3 lead with little over a quarter of the game remaining.
Sarries poured forward in the closing stages of the match in search of the points that would put them back into the contest, but the visiting defence held firm and Clermont were able to book their place in the final four, where they will face Leinster.