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Ospreys' battling show at Clermont Auvergne was not enough to earn a European Champions Cup knock-out spot as the French side topped Pool 2.
Their defeat left Scarlets, who host Toulon later, as the only Welsh team with quarter-final hopes. Nick Abendanon's first-half try, plus the kicking of Morgan Parra and Greig Laidlaw put Clermont in command before Luke McAlister crossed late on.
Ospreys points came from Ashley Beck's try and Dan Biggar's conversion. Ospreys - and Wales - were also left with a worry as Biggar departed before the end with a shoulder injury that saw him writhing in pain.
Ospreys suffered a late blow as lock Bradley Davies withdrew because of illness. Adam Beard came into the starting line-up with Lloyd Ashley promoted to the bench.
The visitors had already chosen to make one personnel and one positional change in the back three with Sam Davies dropping to the bench and Dan Evans moving to full-back with Hanno Dirksen coming in on the wing.
The Welsh team's home draw with Saracens meant they went to France with a chance to overtake Clermont at the top of their pool to progress.
A losing bonus point could also have been enough to secure a last-eight spot as one of three best runners-up, but it was not to be thanks to Saracens crushing Northampton to finish runners-up in the pool.
Ospreys would have had every reason to feel intimidated at the prospect of facing Clermont on their home turf - where they have won all nine of their home games against Welsh opposition in the European Cup.
But Steve Tandy's side showed no such early signs as they kept the hosts at bay in the opening quarter. Dirksen forced Remi Grosso into touch as his wing rival was in the act of touching down to deny Clermont's early pressure.
And Ospreys' forwards won a scrum penalty as Clermont attacked on the other flank. There were also chances for Ospreys, but crucial passes went to ground and Englishman Abendanon broke the deadlock after 25 minutes as he raced on to Parra's clever kick ahead to score.
Parra converted and added two penalties, while Biggar's first shot at goal drifted wide to leave Ospreys trailing at the break. Justin Tipuric and Ashley Beck created Ospreys' best chance soon after the break, but wing Jeff Hassler was rocked back two metres from the line and spilled the ball, allowing Clermont to clear.
Ospreys' opening hour was best summed up when Biggar sent Owen Watkin clear, but the Wales squad centre was thwarted on the line before Abendanon stripped him of the ball.
But Clermont's relief was short-lived as Biggar was again involved before hooker Scott Baldwin put Beck over in the corner.
Biggar added the extras only to see Parra punish Ospreys with a long-range penalty. The visitors continued to press, but they paid the price as Clermont countered for McAlister to race away.
Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy said Biggar was "with the medics" to deal with his injury that forced him off, but "didn't know" about the severity of it.
Tandy added: "We've done well in the group and there's real frustration in the fact we could have made more of the opportunities we did create.
It's not a disappointment in effort, it's frustration in our inaccuracy around our game and it's a pretty sombre changing room.
Replacements: Yohan Beheregaray, Etienne Falgoux, Rabah Slimani, Paul Jedrasiak, Damien Chouly, Greig Laidlaw, Noa Nakaitaci, Scott Spedding.
Ospreys: Dan Evans; Hanno Dirksen, Ashley Beck, Owen Watkin, Jeff Hassler; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Nicky Smith, Scott Baldwin, Dmitri Arhip, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Olly Cracknell, Justin Tipuric, Rob McCusker.
Replacements : Scott Otten, Gareth Thomas, Ma'afu Fia, Lloyd Ashley, Will Jones, Thomas Habberfield, Sam Davies, Kieron Fonotia.
Referee: JP Doyle Ireland. Assistant referees: Anthony Woodthorpe Eng , Simon McConnell Eng. TMO: Stuart Terheege Eng. Citing commissioner: Andy Blyth Eng.
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Ospreys were unable to use the extra man advantage as Parra added a second penalty to make it , which is how the scores remained until the break.
Ospreys were ineffective in the early stages of the second half, but a 58th-minute penalty from Davies ignited a famous comeback from the home side.
Ulugia was shown a yellow for the indiscretion, and Ospreys showed patience as they applied pressure on Clermont with another three points as the game went into the final ten minutes.
Clermont attempted to mount a fightback of their own when they were back to 15 men but Ospreys repelled each attack, sending the visitors backwards with seemingly every possession.
Ospreys eventually won a penalty at the breakdown and Davies stepped up to seal the win with another shot at goal.
The kick sailed over, handing Ospreys top spot in the pool, and robbing Clermont of a crucial bonus point.
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Clermont were beginning to assert their authority and two big charges from lock Sebastien Vahaamahina put them in a promising position.
The Ospreys scrambled the ball clear but Nick Abendanon made them pay for the loose clearance as he linked with Strettle, who broke the line and brilliantly beat full-back Dan Evans to score.
The visitors were struggling and they looked out of it when Lopez's clever pass sent Rougerie over, and the former kicked the conversion and a penalty to open up a point lead.
But the Ospreys roared out of the blocks early in the second half and scored two tries in the space of three minutes.
Firstly, Tipuric was rolled over the line from an excellent maul and Clermont had barely digested that score when another followed.
Walker kicked ahead and when Tipuric hacked the ball further on the Ospreys wing caught Noa Nakaitaci snoozing to beat him to the touch down. Biggar's conversion had the Ospreys within three points, but Strettle ultimately sunk their hopes of a famous win with another great finish.
The former Saracens man scooped up a loose ball and left three defenders for dead to race under the posts before Fofana gathered a pinpoint cross-kick from Brock James for the fourth Clermont try.
The Ospreys bravely rallied. Replacement hooker Parry cantered over and, with the final move off the game, Biggar led a sensational counter that ended with Habberfield racing in from 40 metres for a fourth try of their own.Rugby4Cast's Clermont v Ospreys Champions Cup /16 round 2 prediction at on View more rugby predictions, betting tips and analysis from Rugby4Cast. Find the perfect Clermont V Osprey Champions Cup stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. Select from premium Clermont V Osprey Champions Cup of the highest quality. Clermont v Ospreys team news: Welsh region face one of the most daunting tests in European rugby. Steve Tandy’s men head for one of the great fortresses of European rugby in Stade Marcel. Clermont have named a frighteningly strong side to take on the Ospreys for what is arguably the biggest game of the round in Heineken Cup / The hosts possess threats all over the field but it is in their backs where names such as Napolioni Nalaga, AurÃ©lien Rougerie and Brock James jump out. Ospreys scored two tries in the final two minutes to claim two bonus points from their loss at Clermont Auvergne. Clermont retained their proud European home record at the Stade.