Luis Diaz’s father was in tears on Thursday after he watched his son rating each objectives for Columbia in a 2-1 win over Brazil in a World Cup qualifying match.
Sporting a Colombia prime and a silver rosary, Luis Manuel Diaz fell on prime fellow followers within the stands of the Estadio Metropolitano, in Barranquilla, Colombia and wept subsequent to his spouse, Cilenis Marulanda, as he celebrated.
The 58-year-old was held captive for 12 days by the ELN guerrilla group, however was reunited with his son on Tuesday.
“I thank God. He makes all of it attainable. Now we have all the time lived robust moments, however life makes you sturdy and courageous. So is soccer and so is life,” Luis Diaz, who performs his membership soccer at Liverpool, mentioned after the match. “We deserved this victory.”
Diaz obtained a brace of headers, the primary within the seventy fifth minute and the second within the 79th.
It was Colombia’s first win in opposition to Brazil in World Cup qualifying in 15 matches.
“He’s a pal, he suffered rather a lot as of late. That is past soccer, he deserves it,” mentioned Brazil’s goalkeeper Alisson, a teammate of Diaz at Liverpool.
Armed males on bikes kidnapped Diaz’s parents from a petrol station within the city of Barrancas on 28 October.
His mom was rescued inside hours by police, who arrange roadblocks across the city of 40,000 individuals close to the Venezuelan border.
Diaz and Colombia face Paraguay on Tuesday within the subsequent step of their marketing campaign to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.