Photographer gets caught up in Croatia's celebration... and then receives a kiss

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

The Croatian players were quick to tend to Cortez.

A photographer accidentally caught up in Croatia's wild celebrations after they scored the winning goal that dumped England out of the World Cup, ended up taking the ideal picture of football joy. The historic win was the kind of accomplishment that would have every Croatian thrilled for Sunday's match against France.

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", Cortez told AFP.

"I think it's an incredible achievement for the country where the minor league, where the majority not just a majority". It was a insane moment, they were delighted. The man who had the honour of being knocked out by the collective weight of Croatia's finest was Yuri Cortez who is the Chief Photographer at AFP Mexico. One of them, Domagoj Vida, even gave Cortez a kiss.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, centre, sits on the ground after he fell over photographer Yuri Cortez, who is in the foreground still taking photos.

As reported earlier, Croatia crushed England's dream with a 2-1 extra-time victory.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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