Luis Diaz’s Father Celebrates His Goal Against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in Liverpool’s FA Cup Win

Luis Diaz’s Father Celebrates His Goal Against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in Liverpool’s FA Cup Win

Elijah Odetokun
updated at January 8, 2024 at 8:25 AM
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  • Liverpool dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup in the third round
  • Two goals in the final minutes handed the Gunners a defeat
  • Luis Diaz Snr was spotted celebrating his son’s goal in the stands

Liverpool eliminated Arsenal from the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium, and it was a joy to behold for a special guest who is enjoying freedom after a torrid end to 2023.

The two sides met for the second time in weeks in the FA Cup third round after a pulsating 1-1 draw at Anfield in the Premier League, and it was the away team who took the victory.

The Gunners wasted a plethora of chances to seal the game early, with the front trio of Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Kai Havertz all wasting goalscoring opportunities.

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Luis Diaz celebrates with Trent Alexander-Arnold after scoring Liverpool's second goal to beat Arsenal 2-0 in the FA Cup. Photo by Andrew Powell.
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A Jakub Kiwior own goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s set piece and a ruthless no-look shot from Luis Diaz in the last minute won it for the Reds and slimmed Arsenal’s chances of silverware.

Luis Diaz’s father celebrates in the stands

As seen in a video recirculated on X by Emirates FA Cup, Luis Diaz Snr was spotted celebrating his son’s ferocious last-minute goal with the fans in the away end.

Per BBC Sports, the Colombian winger’s family have been in Liverpool since December following the release of the 55-year-old after a 12-day kidnapping ordeal.

Mane Diaz was kidnapped on October 28, 2023, with his wife, Cilenis Marulanda, who was rescued hours later. The Colombian government confirmed leftist rebels ELN Guerilla was responsible for the incident.

The 26-year-old received messages of support from the football world, including John Obi Mikel, who had experienced the same incident twice in his home country of Nigeria.

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Diaz dedicates goal to kidnapped father

Sports Brief previously reported on Diaz dedicating his goal to his father, who had been in the custody of kidnappers for almost two weeks, after scoring against Luton Town.

He came off the bench to be Liverpool's hero against the newly promoted side, scoring in the additional minutes to secure a 1-1 draw. He lifted his shirt to display a message asking for the immediate release of his father.

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Elijah Odetokun
Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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