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Posted at: Jul 13, 2018, 1:52 AM; last updated: Jul 13, 2018, 1:53 AM (IST)

Celebrations to remember

Celebrations to remember
Mario Mandzukic (extreme left) starts his run after scoring; after realising that the photographer was underneath them, Mandzukic helps him up before both shake hands. AFP

Moscow: When Croatia scored the goal that took them into the final on Wednesday, an AFP photographer unwittingly became part of the celebrations as he was buried under a pile of joyous players. After Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time, he ran to a corner of the pitch 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. “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. — AFP


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