Toulouse and Wasps completed the line-up for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, the former recording a 19-10 victory over Connacht at Stade Ernest Wallon to eliminate the Irish province.
A three-way battle for the two qualifying places up for grabs in Pool 2 began in surprising fashion as Wasps slipped 10-0 behind against winless Zebre.
However, Dai Young's men overcame their poor start to record a 41-27 triumph, ensuring only one of Toulouse and Connacht - the group leaders heading into matchday six - could progress.
And it was the French side who prevailed, condemning Connacht to third place in the pool despite their haul of 18 points bettering the tallies of two teams who qualified as runners-up.
A losing bonus point would have seen Connacht progress at Toulouse's expense, but the four-time champions held firm in a dramatic finale to maintain a nine-point cushion.
Tries from Gael Fickou, Arthur Bonneval and Joe Tekori had put Toulouse in control prior to John Muldoon's converted score giving Connacht hope.
We never gave up but a bitterly disappointing end to our European journey! A lot more rugby to play this season. Thanks for all the support! pic.twitter.com/OYyuUB0Jsb-- Connacht Rugby (@connachtrugby) January 22, 2017
Toulouse now face a visit to Munster in the quarter-finals, while Wasps - the group winners with the lowest points tally - will take on Pool 4 top dogs Leinster and a daunting trip to reigning champions Saracens awaits Glasgow Warriors.
The last-eight tie between Clermont and Toulon had already been confirmed prior to Sunday's matches.