Cape Town - Vasco da Gama secured their second win of the Absa Premiership season with a 3-1 victory over AmaZulu at Newlands Stadium on Saturday night.
It was all action early on, despite the relatively small turn-out, with the crowd creating a real buzz which was translated into plenty of on-field action in the initial stages.
Lehlehonolo Majoro finished an AmaZulu move in the sixth minute, however, to stun the home crowd with a clinical low drive that put the visitors ahead.
Vasco didn't take too long to hit back, though, and six minutes later they equalised when Sibusiso Zuma delivered an inviting cross and the home side's smallest man, Josephy Kamwendo, got plenty of spring as he headed home at the back post.
The game continued to be played at a blistering pace in chilly conditions with action swinging from end to end.
The next few chances fell to the visitors through striker Ayanda Dlamini, but Vasco goalkeeper Posnett Omony twice pulled off good saves.
At the other end of the park his counterpart, Mbongeni Mzimela, was perfectly positioned in the 42nd minute as he dealt with a stinging volley from the lively Zuma.
Francois Adams came even closer for the hosts just before the break, miscuing a shot that rolled inches wide of the upright.
A proactive start to the second half saw Vasco creating a great chance in the 51st minute through a cross from Zuma, but Jonathan Armogam was not obliging with his header, sending it wide with only Mzimela to beat.
In the 62nd minute, however, Vasco took the lead with Zuma burying the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Mzimela.
Vasco were then handed a further advantage when an over-zealous tackle got Majoro sent off with 25 minutes to go.
The hosts survived some anxious moments as Usuthu searched for an equaliser, with Omony coming to the rescue with a superb save from a Stembiso Dlamini strike in the 80th minute.
The breathing space Vasco needed arrived in the 83rd minute when Brian Kgafane was on hand to tap in from Rudi Isaacs' cross, following a well worked move down the right.