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World Cup 2018: When a photographer got buried in Croatia’s manic celebration

first_imgAn entire country erupted with joy when Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time to help Croatia take a 2-1 lead over England in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Croatia defied all odds, rose above any kind of fatigue to come from behind and defeat England to reach their first-ever World Cup final.They looked trouble in the first half of the match, failing to keep control of the ball and England wrecked havoc. However, all of that changed as the second half began.Ivan Perisic scored the equaliser in the 68th minute to take the match to extra-time and then Mandzukic’s strike created absolute mayhem.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe goal by Mandzukic in the 109th minute was extremely street-smart. Ivan Perisic rose the highest to head the ball brilliantly in front of the goal. Mandzukic awoke to the situation before English defender John Stones, picked the ball and struck it past Jordan Pickford.Mandzukic ran towards the corner flag to celebrate the goal and so did his teammates but then something unique and extremely funny happened.Also read – Croatia lowest ranked team in history to reach World Cup finalCroatia’s manic celebration led them to fall over a photographer at the sidelines. But they were delighted, they were ecstatic and they perhaps did not even realise that there was no footballer underneath them.Also read – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsA perfect footballing celebration followed with all the teammates falling over each other. Meanwhile, that photographer from news agency AFP lay at the bottom of the huddle.advertisement When the celebrations toned down and the players started standing up, Mandzukic and Rakitic checked on the photographer Yuri Cortez. Rakitic asked if he was fine while Mandzukic apologised to him. He took it all in fun, smiled and waived them that he was fine.Domagoj Vida hugged him, kissed him and made him a complete part of their celebration.Vida kissing a photographer after Mandzukic’s winner. #cro pic.twitter.com/XcdM1MPC4vBesiktas Talk (@BesiktasTalk) July 11, 2018The ‘lucky’ man could only smile wide and just like a photographer would, Cortez took the opportunity to take some brilliant close-up shots of the players.Mandzukic offers a hand to AFP photographer Yuri Cortez. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images pic.twitter.com/AnZBVUeuoLJ Cs (@cervantescrc) July 12, 2018You know the photographer who got decked by Mandzukics celebration? That was @YuriYurisky of @afp and his shot is fantastic. #ENGCRO pic.twitter.com/wrS2H2UTpFRichard Chambers (@newschambers) July 12, 2018I love this photo of Mandzukic celebrating after his goal when he knocked down the photographer pic.twitter.com/bvfAjZOHp6Cristiano Ronaldo stan (@LegendOfSandy) July 12, 2018The occasion was big and the incident only made it more momentous. Croatia went on to win the match at the back of that goal and the remarkable story remained.last_img

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