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Fifa World Cup 2018: Photographer becomes part of Croatia goal celebration

Quick as a flash, he picked up his camera and took some remarkable close-up shots of the Croats' joy

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Image: Reuters
Image: Reuters

When Croatia scored the goal that took them into the World Cup final on Wednesday, an unwittingly became part of the celebrations as he was buried under a pile of joyous players.

After scored in extra-time to give Croatia a 2-1 win against England in the semi-final, he ran to a corner of the pitch at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium to share his joy with his teammates.

"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.

"They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me! It was a crazy moment, they were delighted. Then they suddenly realised that I was underneath them," said Mexico City-based Cortez.

Quick as a flash, he picked up his camera and took some remarkable close-up shots of the Croats' joy.

 

Fifa World Cup 2018: Photographer becomes part of Croatia goal celebration
snapped Croatia celebrations involving Mario Mandzukic


"Then they asked me if I was OK. Another one picked up my lens and another player (Domagoj Vida) gave me a kiss."

Croatia, who have reached the final for the first time in their history, will play France on Sunday
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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 17:15 IST