Racing Metro 92 (14) 14
- Tries: Bobo
- Pens: Germain 2
- Drop-goals: Wisniewski
London Irish (10) 34
- Tries: Spratt, Ansbro, Thompstone 2
- Cons: Jarvis 4
- Pens: Armitage, Jarvis
Irish worked hard to turn round a first-half deficit
A second-half comeback saw London Irish win in Paris to keep their faint hopes of Heineken Cup qualification alive.
Racing led 14-3 via two Gaeton Germain penalties, a Sereli Bobo try and a drop-goal from Jonathan Wisniewski.
But Jonathan Spratt's converted try gave Irish hope before half-time, and further scores from Joe Ansbro and Adam Thompstone took them 27-14 clear.
Thompstone's second try with seven minutes left brought the Exiles a welcome bonus point.
They will still need to win their remaining three pool games to have any chance of qualifying as one of the two best runners-up, with the return fixture against Racing next Saturday.
Racing Metro 92:
G Germain; S Bobo, V Vakatawa, J Matavesi, J Imhoff; J Hernandez, M Loree; J Brugnaut, T Bianchin, J Orlandi, L Nallet [capt], J Nailiko, A Batut, B Le Roux, J Cronje.
G Arganese, E Ben Arous, J Coetzee, F van der Merwe, S Descons, J Wisniewski, J Leo'o, S Chabal
Delon Armitage, Topsy Ojo, Joe Ansbro, Jonathan Spratt, Adam Thompstone, Dan Bowden, Darren Allinson; Clarke Dermody, David Paice, Paulica Ion, Bryn Evans, Matt Garvey, Declan Danaher, Ofisa Treviranus, Chris Hala'ufia.
Brian Blaney, Max Lahiff, Faan Rautenbach, Bob Casey, Jamie Gibson, Tom Homer, Adrian Jarvis, Paul Hodgson.