Keep Shooting: Photographer Captures Croatia Celebration From Under the Pile

Anything for the shot...and then some.

When Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scored in extra time to put his team up 2-1 over England, AFP photographer Yuri Cortez was in perfect position to capture the ensuing celebration. Too perfect, as it happened, because the veteran shooter quickly found himself at the bottom of a raucous, celebratory scrum. Cortez continued to fire off frames even as players piled up around and on top of him, resulting in some incredible close-ups of the unbridled Croatian emotion. Here, a visual account of how it all went down.

GOOAAALLL! YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images GOOAAALLL! After putting Croatia ahead in the 109th minute, Mandzukic races to the corner to celebrate the biggest goal of his life. PARTY TIME Dan Mullan/Getty Images PARTY TIME Croatia players rush to join their jubiliant teammate.
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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP; Michael Regan - FIFA via Getty Images OVER THE TOP Dan Mullan/Getty Images OVER THE TOP Cortez (in green, with foot up in the air) keeps firing his camera as the players topple over. SHINING MOMENT YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images SHINING MOMENT From inches away, Cortez perfectly captures the overwhelming emotion of the moment.

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LOCK EYES YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images LOCK EYES Mandzukic makes sure to play to the camera, as Cortez somehow manages to keep the hero squarely in his frame.
YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images STILL SMILING Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images STILL SMILING It's not how hard you get knocked down, it's whether you get the shot. And Cortez, holding two cameras, did just that. PHOTO OP YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images PHOTO OP Teammate Josip Pivaric takes a turn in front of Cortez's camera. THE AFTERMATH Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images THE AFTERMATH The Croatians collect themselves once the chaotic celebration subsides. NEED A HAND? YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images NEED A HAND? Mandzukic and company help the fallen photographer to his feet—but Cortez keeps firing away, missing nothing. NO HARD FEELINGS Dan Mullan/Getty Images NO HARD FEELINGS Mandzukic makes sure Cortez is OK before returning to the pitch. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Croatia gets the win to advance to its first-ever World Cup final and Cortez gets the shots of the night.

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