Luis Diaz’s father was in tears on Thursday after he watched his son rating each objectives for Colombia in a 2-1 win over Brazil in a World Cup qualifying match.
Wearing a Colombia prime and a silver rosary, Luis Manuel Diaz fell on prime of 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 along with his son on Tuesday.
“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,” Luis Diaz, who performs his membership soccer at Liverpool, mentioned after the match. “We deserved this victory.”
Diaz acquired a brace of headers, the primary within the seventy fifth minute and the second within the 79th.
It was Colombia’s first win towards Brazil in World Cup qualifying in 15 matches.
“He is a friend, he suffered a lot these days. This is beyond football, he deserves it,” mentioned Brazil’s goalkeeper Alisson, a teammate of Diaz at Liverpool.
Luis Diaz’s father reveals particulars of kidnapping
Luis Diaz reunited with father
Armed males on bikes kidnapped Diaz’s mother and father from a petroleum 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 folks 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.