Luis Diaz’s father witnessed his son score twice for Colombia against Brazil, just days after he was released by kidnappers.
Diaz netted twice in four minutes to cancel out Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half strike and seal victory in their World Cup qualifier againstSelecaoon Friday.
It is the first time Colombia have beaten their South American rivals in eight years, as Nestor Lorenzo’s side went third in the qualifying standings.
The evening was made all the more special by Diaz’s father, Manuel, who was in the stands to watch his son play.
He was unable to contain his emotions when Diaz scored the winner, looking to the heavens with his arms outstretched. You can watch the beautiful moment below.
Luis Diaz scores for Colombia against Brazil. And look what it means to his dad ❤️
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) November 17, 2023
Luis Díaz scoring with his father in the stands 🥺
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 17, 2023
Just last week, Diaz’s father was reunited with his family after being handed over to United Nations and Catholic church officials by members of guerilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN).
He was abducted on October 28 in his hometown of Barrancas, along with Diaz’s mother, but was released within hours.
Local media, via theBBC, claimed that Manuel was travelling by military helicopter to the city of Valledupar, where he would undergo a medical examination before returning to his family.
His smile will come as a welcome sight to the football community, who have been praying for his safe return.
Speaking after the match, match winner-Diaz said: “I thank God. 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. We deserved this victory.”
Meanwhile, Brazil goalkeeper and Liverpool teammate Alisson said of Diaz: “He is a friend. He suffered a lot these days. This is beyond soccer. He deserves it.”