A World Cup photographer was run over during Croatia's goal celebration, still did his job, and captured some amazing pics

  • AFP Mexico chief photographer Yuri Cortez was stampeded by Croatian players when they scored a go-ahead goal in extra time of their semi-final against England.
  • Despite Cortez being at the bottom of the pile, he continued to snap pictures, and the results were terrific.
  • The players quickly tended to Cortez and made him part of the celebration once they realized he was OK.

A photographer covering the World Cup inadvertently became part of a celebration, and the result was incredible.

Yuri Cortez is a chief photographer for AFP Mexico and when Croatia scored their semi-final-winning goal in the 109th minute against England, he was in both the wrong place and the right place at the right time.

As the Croatian side celebrated the monumental goal, they moved towards an area of the sideline that did not have a barrier between the field and the photographers covering the game.

As more players piled on, they crashed into the photographers.

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Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia players celebrate next to an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
TOPSHOT - Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (C) offers to help AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after he fell on him with teammates while celebrating their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia's Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic celebrate with an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after their second goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia's Ivan Rakitic celebrates with an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia's Mario Mandzukic helps a an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez to his feet after celebrating scoring their second goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia players celebrate next to an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates next to an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after scoring their second goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia players celebrate next to an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Players of Croatia lift a photojournalist, who fell as Croatian players celebrate the goal, during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia semi final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (L) shakes hands with AFP photographer Yuri Cortez (C) after falling on him with teammates while celebrating their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (L) shakes hands with AFP photographer Yuri Cortez (C) after falling on him with teammates while celebrating their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (L) shakes hands with AFP photographer Yuri Cortez (C) after falling on him with teammates while celebrating their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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It was quickly evident that one photographer did not get out of the way in time and ended up on the bottom of the pile. That is Cortez under the Croatian pile, and amazingly, it appeared that he was still snapping pictures with one of his cameras.

The results were amazing.

AFP posted a few of the photographs on social media.

The Croatian players were quick to tend to Cortez. Once it appeared that he was OK, they even started to celebrate with him, and helped him to his feet.

Domagoj Vida even gave Cortez a kiss.

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