Luis Díaz’s Emotional Reunion with His Father Inspires Colombia’s Victory over Brazil
Luis Díaz’s remarkable performance, scoring two goals, led Colombia to a surprising 2-1 victory against Brazil in a World Cup qualifying match on Thursday. The match was made even more special as Díaz’s father, Luis Manuel Díaz, watched from the stands just a week after being freed by kidnappers.
The emotional reunion between father and son took place earlier this week, adding an extra layer of motivation for Díaz. The packed Estadio Metropolitano witnessed an extraordinary display of talent as Díaz’s goals secured Colombia’s triumph.
A Father’s Ordeal
On October 28, Luis Manuel Díaz and his wife, Cilenis Marulanda, were kidnapped by ELN militants in their hometown of Barrancas, northeastern Colombia. While Marulanda was rescued on the same day, Díaz Sr. was released almost two weeks later in the nearby city of Valledupar, thanks to the efforts of a mixed commission consisting of UN staff and Catholic priests.
The reunion between father and son was a heartwarming moment that fueled Díaz’s determination to shine on the field.
A Stunning Comeback
Brazil took an early lead in the game with a goal from Gabriel Martinelli. However, Díaz quickly turned the tide with two goals in just four minutes during the second half.
In the 75th minute, Díaz received a cross and skillfully directed a header into the bottom corner of the net. The stadium erupted with joy as his father, proudly wearing the Colombia shirt, cheered him on.
Just four minutes later, Díaz displayed his exceptional speed and leaping ability once again, scoring another header past Brazilian goalkeeper Allison. The celebration was electrifying, with Díaz jumping over advertising signs to be closer to the fans. The images captured his father’s passionate celebration, tears of joy streaming down his face.
A Dedication to the People
After the match, Díaz expressed his gratitude to his teammates and coaching staff, acknowledging their support throughout his journey. He dedicated the victory to the people who deserved it, recognizing the significance of the win for the Colombian nation.
While it was a cathartic night for the Díaz family, it marked a disappointing result for Brazil, who suffered their second consecutive defeat in World Cup qualifying. The five-time World Cup champions now find themselves in fifth place in the standings, while Colombia sits comfortably in third.
Messi’s Argentina Stumbles Against Uruguay
In another World Cup qualifying match, Argentina faced a 2-0 defeat against Uruguay. This loss marks the first time the world champions have been defeated since their group stage exit in the previous World Cup.
Ronald Araújo and Darwin Núnez secured the victory for Uruguay, while Lionel Messi struggled to inspire his lackluster team. Despite coming close to scoring with a free kick that hit the crossbar in the second half, Messi expressed his team’s discomfort and inability to find their rhythm against a physical and dangerous Uruguayan side.
Despite the defeat, Argentina remains at the top of the standings with 12 points, while Uruguay is now just two points away from second place.
The South American World Cup qualification system consists of 18 rounds, with the top six teams advancing to the 2026 event. The seventh-place country will enter the FIFA knockout tournament, which features six countries from other continents.