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A World Cup photographer was tackled by the joyful Croatian team. He kept shooting

Beware of errant balls and celebrating soccer players.
Beware of errant balls and celebrating soccer players.
Image: Reuters/Carl Recine
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During Croatia’s World Cup semi-final game against England yesterday, one photographer found himself with a slightly closer vantage point than expected. Yuri Cortez, a photojournalist with Agence France-Press was taking photos when the celebration for Croatia’s second goal of the game bled from the pitch to the sidelines, and quickly took him along with it.

The players promptly pulled him up, dusted him off and even planted a kiss on his forehead. To his credit, Cortez barely stopped taking pictures.

Here’s what it looked like from Cortez’s point of view:

Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic lends a hand.
Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic lends a hand.
Image: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images
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As close to the action as you can get.
Image: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

And this is what it looked like to bystanders:

Cortez keeps on snapping.
Cortez keeps on snapping.
Image: Reuters/Carl Recine
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Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic helps AFP photographer Yuri Cortez to his feet
Image: Reuters/Carl Recine
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Croatia players celebrate next to AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal.
Image: Reuters/Carl Recine
World Cup - Croatia vs. England
Croatia players celebrate next to AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal.
Image: Reuters/Carl Recine