Colombia beat Brazil (2-1) in an historic and thrilling encounter in the fifth round of the South American Qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup. Two goals from Luis Diaz, the absolute protagonist of the Colombian team’s magical night, secured the victory for Néstor Lorenzo’s squad.
This marked the first time Colombia has prevailed against the Brazilian team in a Qualifiers match. With this win, the Colombian team remains unbeaten, earning three valuable points and climbing to third place in the standings.
Stunning Game After Initial Moments of Disarray
Ultimately, not even the threat of a tropical cyclone could overshadow the anticipated match. After three consecutive draws, leaving a certain dissatisfaction among fans, the Colombian team faced the five-time world champion in Barranquilla during the fifth round of the South American Qualifiers.
Colombia started poorly, seeming disoriented, and the Brazilian forward attacks foreshadowed the worst. Scarcely more than a minute had passed, and Vinicius Junior had the first clear chance to advance for the visitors. The Real Madrid player aimed a tremendous header after a right-wing cross, but the ball sailed over the home team’s goal.
Colombia hadn’t yet recovered from the scare when, in the 3rd minute, Vinicius once again left his markers behind in a sprint down the left, sending a precise pass to Martinelli, who beat the goalkeeper Vargas on the first attempt, scoring the opening goal for the visitors. It was 0-1.
However, the goal acted as a wake-up call for the Colombians: they began to control positions on the field, putting pressure on the Brazilians, who began losing momentum after Vinicius, the protagonist of their game, was forced by injury to leave the field in the 26th minute.
Colombia’s first warnings came very soon after. Forward Luis Díaz was once again giving an outstanding performance, overcoming tough weeks following the kidnapping and subsequent release of his father. He created a clear opportunity to equalize at the 15th minute, with a precise pass to Jorge Carrascal, whose shot forced the Brazilian goalkeeper to send the ball out for a corner.
Subsequent chances from Luis Díaz and James Rodríguez showed that the initial visitor’s goal was inconsequential and that a comeback was possible. However, all the Colombian players’ attempts were thwarted by the Brazilian defense or goalkeeper.
Colombia’s Faith Led by the Artist Luis Díaz
In the second half, Néstor Lorenzo went all-out for the victory. He brought in Luis Sinisterra and Cristian Borja, and the game began to dominate in Brazilian territory, although Fernando Diniz’s team took advantage of spaces and counterattacked well.
Jorge Carrascal had the first clear chance for Colombia in the second half, but the goalkeeper managed to clear the ball well. Until, once again, Luis Díaz emerged, with an individual play that didn’t end well for the Colombians. The home goalkeeper, Camilo Vargas, brilliantly handled the visiting team’s actions, some clear like those of Joao Pedro.
Just when Colombia was fighting hard, a scare occurred with a Brazilian shot that hit the post and almost became the second goal for the visitors. It was a great collective play on the right side that ended in a shot from Raphinha, which hit the left-hand post of Camilo Vargas.
Luis Díaz’s Magic Rewards Local Perseverance
The last quarter of the game belonged entirely to Colombia, with the team launching into the attack, demonstrating total faith in their possibilities. It was a reward for perseverance: in the 75th minute, following a left-wing cross by Cristian Borja, Colombia equalized the match with a goal headed to the ground by Luis Díaz, leaving the Brazilian goalkeeper with no chance, setting the score at 1-1 on the scoreboard at the Metropolitano Stadium in Barranquilla.
Four minutes later, on the right side, the play began with Richard Ríos, who set up James Rodríguez, sending a cross that was again picked up by the Liverpool winger Diaz, who scored with an extraordinary header. It was Colombia’s second goal that unleashed euphoria in Barranquilla. This historic result marked Colombia’s first victory against Brazil in a qualifying match.
Colombia stands firm in the standings
Following the spectacular victory against Brazil in the fifth round, Colombia accumulates nine points and secures the third position in the standings, currently led by Argentina. The next match, against Paraguay, will be played in Asunción on Tuesday, November 21.
It will be a good opportunity for Néstor Lorenzo’s team to solidify their strong performance in the standings, with two wins and three draws.