Sports Croatia celebrated by crashing into a photographer and he captured every moment

11:00  12 july  2018
11:00  12 july  2018 Source:

Soccer-France lead 2-1 against Croatia at halftime

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As more players piled on, they crashed into the photographers . TOPSHOT - Croatia 's forward Mario Mandzukic (C) offers to help AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after he fell on him with teammates while celebrating their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match

An Agence France-Presse photographer was sent tumbling as he was caught in the cross-fire of the celebrations deep into extra-time. But as the snapper, Yuri Cortez, crashed towards earth he continued to take pictures as the Croatia players celebrated their moment of history.

Mario Mandzukic doing a trick in front of a crowd © Provided by SB Nation

Worth it.

As Croatia scored its second goal in the World Cup semifinal game against England, the players celebrated and abruptly crashed into a photographer on their collective way down. But that resulted in an arguably better shot than Mario Mandzukic’s goal in extra time.

Even as the players slid towards his direction, photographer Yuri Cortez’s direction didn’t stop doing his job. He continued being the professional photographer that he and kept pointing the camera at the players. What resulted was all the players dog-piling Cortez and them eventually helping him up.

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While celebrating Croatian players crashed into the photographers ’ area and ended up piling on top of one of the photographers . The man who had the honour of being knocked out by the collective weight of Croatia ’s finest was Yuri Cortez who is the Chief Photographer at AFP Mexico.

Photographers get the best view possible at major events and that has been no different at the World Cup finals. But during England's semi-final loss to Croatia , one Agence Indeed it was so good, that he found himself at the heart of the side's celebrations . Incoming! Croatia players head to celebrate

The players apologized for doing that. Cortez did come out of that uninjured and with one of the best set of photos in this year’s World Cup. He got a unique closeup of the players screaming right in his face. In one of the photos, you even can see Mandzukic staring directly into the lens.

Cortez probably could have done without the players crashing into him, but those photos might have been worth the unpleasant experience. Cortez is a true professional, and it paid off.

Watch: Mandzukic's 109th-minute goal sends Croatia to World Cup final .
Mario Mandzukic stepped up in the big moment. With his Croatia side and England knotted at one apiece in extra time of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final, the Juventus striker capitalised on a brief lapse in concentration from the English backline, pouncing inside the penalty area before driving the ball beyond Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute.

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