Don’t miss out on the thrilling replay and highlights of the Colombia vs Brazil match. The action kicks off at 00:00 (GMT) on the 17th of November, 2023 at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez. A. Matonte will be the referee for this intense South America – CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, Week 5, Season 2026 showdown. Tune in for all the excitement!
Colombia vs Brazil Full Match Reports
In a poignant return to his homeland, marked by the prior kidnapping and subsequent release of his parents, Luis Díaz delivered a talismanic performance, scoring twice as Colombia orchestrated a sensational comeback to defeat Brazil 2-1 in FIFA World Cup qualifying (WCQ).
Fernando Diniz’s squad entered the match with a determination to move past a dismal October, and Vinícius Júnior missed a significant chance to take the lead within two minutes as his header soared over the bar. However, this miss became inconsequential when, moments later, Vinícius Júnior orchestrated an intricate play with Gabriel Martinelli, providing the setup for the Arsenal man to slide home the opening goal.
Facing a deficit, Colombia intensified the pressure, with Díaz orchestrating the plays. Initially, he set up Jorge Carrascal, whose low drive was thwarted by Allison, and later, the Liverpool winger himself was denied by his club teammate. While the Colombian’s number seven wreaked havoc, Brazil’s counterpart, Vinícius Jr, exited the field injured before the half-hour mark.
Díaz continued to be the driving force, and only a desperate tackle from André prevented him from scoring after a counter from a Brazil corner. However, a double change at halftime disrupted the hosts’ momentum, and Raphinha nearly capitalized, attempting to double the lead with a shot toward the near post, saved magnificently by Camilo Vargas.
Beyond the hour mark, Raphinha found an opening, but his shot hit the post as Brazil probed for a second goal. Díaz remained a constant threat, rattling a shot into the side netting, emphasizing the visitors’ need for caution in the closing stages.
After yet another save by Alisson, Díaz finally claimed his well-deserved goal. A pinpoint cross from Yáser Asprilla allowed Colombia’s talisman to powerfully head home, creating a truly poignant moment celebrated by his father in the stands. In a remarkable turn of events, Díaz struck again moments later, steering James Rodríguez’s cross into the net to complete a stunning four-minute turnaround that defied belief. Consequently, Colombia extends their unbeaten streak to 16 matches, dating back to March 2022, while Brazil faces a rare winless streak of three consecutive WCQs in the same cycle for the first time since 2004.
Player of the Match: Luis Díaz (Colombia).