Cam­era car­nage on the side­lines

China Daily (USA) - - SPORTS -

When Croa­tia scored the goal that took them into the World Cup final on Wed­nes­day, an AFP pho­tog­ra­pher un­wit­tingly be­came part of the cel­e­bra­tions as he was buried un­der a pile of joy­ous play­ers. Af­ter net­ting Croa­tia’s ex­tra­time win­ner against England, Mario Mandzu­kic ran to a cor­ner of the pitch at Moscow’s Luzh­niki Sta­dium to share his joy with his team­mates. “I was just chang­ing my lens as the play­ers ran to­wards me,” said pho­tog­ra­pher Yuri Cortez. “They just kept com­ing to­wards me and they fell on me! It was a crazy mo­ment, they were de­lighted. Then they sud­denly re­al­ized that I was un­der­neath them.” Quick as a flash, he picked up his cam­era and took some close-ups of the scenes. “Then they asked me if I was OK,” said Cortez. “An­other one picked up my lens and an­other player (Do­magoj Vida) gave me a kiss.”

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