Brazil suffered another setback in the qualifiers, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat against Colombia, marking their second consecutive loss in this stage of the tournament.
Striker Luiz Diaz emerged as the hero, notching two crucial headers that spurred a remarkable comeback at Barranquilla’s Metropolitano Stadium. Notably, Diaz’s father, recently liberated from kidnappers, jubilantly witnessed his son’s feat from the stands. This victory marked Colombia’s first win over Brazil in World Cup qualifying in 15 encounters.
The scoring commenced in the fourth minute courtesy of Martinelli, capitalizing on a swift passing sequence involving Vinicius Júnior. Brazil’s momentum faltered when the departure of Real Madrid’s winger due to a left thigh injury disrupted their flow, stalling their dominance.
Colombia relied heavily on Diaz in their offensive strategy. The striker exhibited his prowess, dribbling past Brazilian defenders in the 30th minute, and despite two dangerous attempts, Alisson thwarted his efforts in the second half.
Diaz effortlessly equalized with a straightforward header in the 75th minute, without the need to leap. He then secured his brace four minutes later, sealing Colombia’s impressive turnaround against Brazil.