Luis Diaz’s dad watched his son score twice for Colombia against Brazil (Picture: Twitter)
The Liverpool forward netted twice in four minutes late in the second half, watched by his father Luiz Manuel Diaz who was held for 12 days by his captives.
Wearing a Colombia jersey and a necklace, Diaz Snr collapsed, overcome with emotion and had to be propped up by the fans around him in the stands of the Metropolitano Stadium and wept next to his wife, Cilenis Marulanda, as he celebrated.
Luis Manuel Diaz was held for nearly two weeks in a mountainous region by the ELN guerrilla group and was finally reunited with his family on Tuesday.
Luis Diaz scored twice in Colombia’s historic win against Brazil (Picture: Getty)
Luis Diaz scored twice against his Liverpool teammate and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker (Picture: ESPN)
Luis Diaz and Colombia were able to celebrate their first win over Brazil in eight years (Picture: Getty)
Colombia’s first win over Brazil for eight years lifts them into third in the South American qualifying table with Brazil, who suffered a second successive defeat in the competition, down to fifth.
‘I thank God,’ said the Liverpool star after the game. ‘He makes it all possible. We have always lived tough moments, but life makes you strong and brave.
‘So is soccer and so is life,’ Luis Díaz said after the match. “We deserved this victory.’
Diaz was embraced by his Liverpool teammate and Brazi; goalkeeper Alisson after the match who delighted for his friend, despite his own side’s defeat.
‘He is a friend, he suffered a lot these days,’ said Brazil’s No.1. ‘This is beyond soccer, he deserves it.’
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