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

Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

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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:

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Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic lends a hand.
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As close to the action as you can get.

And this is what it looked like to bystanders:

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Cortez keeps on snapping.
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Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic helps AFP photographer Yuri Cortez to his feet
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Croatia players celebrate next to AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal.
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Croatia players celebrate next to AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal.
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