ES Setif 1 USM Alger 2: African champions beaten


ES Setif’s CAF Champions League defence started poorly, with domestic rivals USM Alger winning away 2-1.
Defending CAF Champions League winners ES Setif were beaten by fellow Algerian outfit USM Alger 2-1 in Setif on Saturday.
USM Alger – who won the 2013-14 domestic title – started Group B in fine style, with second-half ambitions to Mohamed Seguer and Nacereddine Khoualed giving them all three points at the Stade du 8 Mai 1945.
Substitute Ilyes Korbiaa pulled a goal back with six minutes to play for ES Setif, but Kheireddine Madoui’s men couldn’t generate an equaliser as their title defence started having a loss.
The fixture represented the initial competitive contest for each sides because their respective domestic campaigns completed in late May well, when ES Setif were crowned champions of Algeria and USM Alger’s league defence ended with a mid-table finish.