Photographer bowled by celebrating Croatia players keeps snapping

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

'I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me, ' said photographer Yuri Cortez, who was positioned next to the pitchside advertising boards.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho commented on Croatia's victory over England at World Cup semifinal. The historic win was the kind of accomplishment that would have every Croatian thrilled for Sunday's match against France. It was a insane moment, they were delighted.

"They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me!"

He said he quickly picked up his camera and started taking photos of the players - from close up, or rather close down.

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Another photographer then captures the moment as Mandzukic apologises for bundling over Cortez, who has a broad grin etched across his face.

AFP has published a tweet of his efforts. The most player didn't play in Croatia. They include Mandzukic looked startled, then overjoyed.

Yuri Cortez is a chief photographer for AFP Mexico and when Croatia scored their semi-final-winning goal in the 109th minute against England, he was in both the wrong place and the right place at the right time.

Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and co made their way to the corner flag area after the former had volleyed Croatia into the lead against England.

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