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Photographer caught up in Croatia goal celebration has awesome photos

The Big Lead logo The Big Lead 7/12/2018 Kyle Koster

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Yuri Cortez, chief photographer for AFP Mexico, was in the right place at the right time during Wednesday's semifinal between Croatia and England. After Mario Mandzukic's game-sealing goal in the 109th minute, the Croatian side celebrated with gusto right in Cortez's grill. The photographer was knocked to the ground, but kept performing his job, capturing these memorable images.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Agence France-Presse

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Mandzukic and his jubilant side managed to keep their manners amid the most exciting moment of their sporting lives. Multiple players checked up on Cortez, and defender Domagoj Vida went the extra mile, planting a kiss.

a group of people holding wine glasses: Agence France-Presse © Provided by Agence France-Presse Agence France-Presse a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Agence France-Presse © Provided by Agence France-Presse Agence France-Presse

This is the rare occasion where the somewhat annoying phrase "shooters shoot" actually applies.

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