A tight, tersely-contested opening half of from two smartly-organised teams ended goalless. Setif edged the possibilities, but no longer by great.
Inside the opening 10 minutes the Malian forward Malick Toure used to be carried out down the precise by Setif, and his sinful fell to correct winger Houssam Ghacha, whose shot used to be cleared in front of the line by Siphesihle Ndlovu with Richard Ofori overwhelmed.
Quickly after that Ofori needed to limp off injured, and used to be replaced by Siyabonga Mpontshane in Bucs’ aim in the 15th.
Left wing Ahmed Kendouchi’s dipping shot from the left edge of the sphere slipped past the precise put up.
Pirates’ handiest likelihood of the half of came when Ben Motshwari superior on the left and fed Vincent Pule factual inside the sphere, alongside with his encourage to aim, who turned and struck past the left excellent.
If Pirates had loved better forward momentum on the terminate of the main half of, they came out from the shatter in the same vogue.