Mario Mandzukic gives helping hand to photographer after bundling him over celebrating Croatia's World Cup semi-final winner against England

A photographer was caught in the cross-fire of Croatian celebrations Mario Mandzukic and team-mates bundled into Yuri Cortez after his late winner He captured the moment as Mandzukic fell to ground and then picked him up

12 July 2018 - 08:49

Croatia's wild celebrations after Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal that dumped England out of the World Cup claimed an unwitting victim.

An Agence France-Presse photographer was sent tumbling as he was caught in the cross-fire of the celebrations deep into extra-time.

But as the snapper, Yuri Cortez, crashed towards earth he continued to take pictures as the Croatia players celebrated their moment of history.

Mario Mandzukic offers to help up AFP photographer Yuri Cortez in the melee after his winner


While celebrating Croatia's winner against England the snapper got caught in the middle

While celebrating Croatia's winner against England the snapper got caught in the middle


Mandzukic had grabbed hold of Cortez but was sent tumbling by his jubilant team-mates

Mandzukic had grabbed hold of Cortez but was sent tumbling by his jubilant team-mates


The photographer was sent spinning down to earth but continued to take pictures

The photographer was sent spinning down to earth but continued to take pictures

Mandzukic's face can be seen turning from ecstasy into horror as he realises the photographer has been caught in the cross-fire.

And then with Cortez flat on his back on the Luzhniki Stadium pitch, he offers him a helping hand and brings him back to his feet.

Defender Josip Pivaric celebrates in his face before Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic offers him a comforting arm around the shoulder.


The Croatian players celebrate in front of the photographer as he lies on the ground

The Croatian players celebrate in front of the photographer as he lies on the ground


Mandzukic then apologised to the photographer after the extra-time incident

Mandzukic then apologised to the photographer after the extra-time incident

Another photographer then captures the moment as Mandzukic apologises for bundling over Cortez, who has a broad grin etched across his face.

Mandzukic's 109th minute winner completed the comeback for the Croats after Kieran Trippier's fifth minute goal had been cancelled out by Ivan Perisic in normal time.

Croatia will now play France in their first ever World Cup final on Sunday.


Source: daily mail
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