Record-equalling fourth European Champions Cup win for last-gasp Leinster

Racing 92’s Teddy Iribaren

"They have got the best defence in the tournament, but fortunately we have got the genius Johnny to marshall us around the pitch", Nacewa told BT Sport.

"Having Dan Carter on your bench says it all", said Cullen, who shares the management duties with former England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"I thought Racing were outstanding today, really put pressure on us at the breakdown".

"We stuck in there for the majority of the game, but big matches come down to big moments and we just got those wrong".

Machenaud's replacement at number nine, Teddy Iribaren, did himself proud in a fine showing, but in a battle of kicking from the tee it was Nacewa's effort that saw Leinster add to their triumphs in 2009, 2011 and 2012 after Remi Tales missed a drop goal with the final play.

Having lost replacement out-half Dan Carter before the game, Racing suffered a huge blow when Springbok Pat Lambie turned his ankle after breaking the Leinster line and from not being in the match-day squad suddenly France global Tales was playing out-half after two minutes.

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Jordan Larmour, the 20-year-old wing whose breakthrough season also featured three caps in Ireland's Grand Slam win, replaces the injured Fergus McFadden, with Luke McGrath at scrum-half.

From a Leinster line-out, Racing's Leone Nakawara stole possession superbly.

Racing, beaten by Sarries in the 2016 final, continued to impress after the interval and retook the lead through Iribaren, with Sexton's attempted long-ranger drawing howls of derision as it came up well short and wide.

Leinster are captained by Isa Nacewa in his final European game for the province before he retires at the end of the season.

With 10 minutes to play, Leinster brought down a maul and it was the unheralded Iribaren, who previously played for Montpellier and Brive, who booted Racing into the lead with his fourth penalty.

But Sexton responded with a penalty and Iribaren's fourth penalty was cancelled out by Nacewa's boot.

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