Watch: Luis Diaz's dad emotional celebrations as Liverpool star scores against Brazil

Luis Diaz scored twice as Colombia came from behind to beat Brazil 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

The Liverpool number seven bagged two goals in just four minutes during the second half to claim a memorable victory in Barranquilla.

The win was watched from the stands by Diaz's father, who was recently released from his 12-day kidnapping ordeal.

Luis Manuel Diaz, who was reunited with his son before the game, couldn't contain his emotions as his son inspired Colombia's comeback, with TV cameras picking up his wild celebrations that quickly went viral on social media.

Brazil had taken an early lead through Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli, after just four minutes. However, Diaz's second-half double (coming on 75 and 79 minutes) earned Colombia a first win over their rivals in eight years, while taking Los Cafeteros up to third in the CONMEBOL World Cup 2026 qualification table.

Both Diaz's father and mother, Cilenis Marulanda, were abducted by armed members of Colombian rebel group ELN in their hometown of Barrancas on 28 October.

However, while Diaz's mother was soon rescued, Diaz's father remained held by his captors for 12 days, with the ensuing police and military-led search and rescue mission becoming a national concern.

Diaz Snr was eventually handed over to United Nations and church officials last week, while he later revealedΒ he had gone "almost 12 days without sleep" while enduring "a lot of quite difficult horseback riding, lots of mountains, rain".

Liverpool's Diaz sat out two matches amid the situation, but returned to score a late equaliser off the bench in the Reds' 1-1 draw at Luton.

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His match-winning double for Colombia on Friday marks his first goals of the World Cup qualification cycle.

After the match, he told reporters: β€œYou have to suffer if you want to win.

β€œWe’ve lived through some difficult moments, but life makes you stronger and brave.

β€œNot just in football but in life. I think we deserved this win. Not just me. All of us. I’m grateful to my teammates and the coaching staff. They were there for me at all times. I want to dedicate this win to the people (of Colombia.)”

Elsewhere in South America, Darwin NuΓ±ez scored as Uruguay beat Alexis Mac Allister's Argentina 2-0.

As per, Squawka, it is the first time since 2015 that both Argentina and Brazil have lost World Cup qualifiers on the same day.

Uruguay's win takes them to second in the table, two points behind leaders Argentina.

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