Thirty-four years of hurt! The Strongest FINALLY break winless curse

The La Paz giants upset Sao Paulo on their own patch to end the worst away run in Copa Libertadores history - and with a name like that, who can stop them now?
Judging by past performances in South America's premier club competition, it has been somewhat difficult for Bolivia's The Strongest to live up to their boastful moniker. 

Contrary to what the name might suggest, the La Paz side have never made a serious impact in the Copa Libertadores - but on Tuesday the club finally managed to put to bed the competition's worst away record by far with a memorable scalp.

Brazilian giants Sao Paulo were taken down 1-0 in the Pacaembu, with Matias Alonso's diving header silencing the home fans.

It was the club's first win in no less than 48 Libertadores away clashes, a dismal run that stretched back to 1982 and included 41 defeats and just seven draws.







To put that into perspective, just two members of the current squad were alive when the last victory occurred: veteran goalkeeper Daniel Vaca and Pablo Escobar, a Bolivian football icon nicknamed "the patron of goals" in a nod to his (in)famous Colombian namesake.

Clubs from La Paz, as well as the Bolivian national side, are traditionally tough opponents on home turf due to the dizzying altitude in the nation's capital.

Once sides like The Strongest come closer to sea level, however, the gulf in class is more apparent, and no Bolivian team has ever lifted the Libertadores.

The Strongest by name, and now by nature? Perhaps not, but fans of the grand old man of Bolivian football will celebrate long and hard as an outstanding victory sinks in.