At the FIFA 2018 World Cup semifinal, the match between England and Croatia ended up with Croatia winning. While celebrating the winning goal, Croatian soccer players crashed into the AFP photojournalist Yuri Cortez. But the photographer kept his cool, kept on shooting, and ended up with some great shots.
After scoring the second (and winning) goal, the players crushed into photographers and dog-piled Cortez. Although it all seems completely chaotic, no one got hurt, and the photographer stayed professional all the way. He kept on clicking and ended up with photos which quickly went viral.
— Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) July 11, 2018
Some images of the dramatic celebration of Croatia's second goal against England during the semi final of the world cup #FifaWorldCup2018 #EnglandvsCroatia #CRO #CROvENG #CROENG #RussiaWorldCup2018 #Russia2018 #Rusia2018 #Nikon #CroaciaInglaterra pic.twitter.com/4wTwObDT8t
— Yuri Cortez (@YuriYurisky) July 12, 2018
Atropellado por el éxtasis croata, caído en el suelo, pero siempre con el dedo en el gatillo. Imagen para mostrar en las escuelas de fotografía. pic.twitter.com/nAr3E8Dvgh
— Sergio Gómez (@Sergiogom) July 11, 2018
Team Croatia apologized to the photographer after crushing him, and one of them even gave him a kiss on his head.
One day ill get a kiss from a World Cup player while covering a game 😔😂#Goals
— Wiso Vazquez (@WisoVazquez) July 11, 2018
— Brian Koerber (@bkurbs) July 11, 2018
Sports photographers often deal with all sorts of unpredictable situations. I bet Cortez didn’t count on a bunch of football players dogpiling on him, but it’s awesome to see how cool and professional he stayed. That’s the way to do it.
[via Nikon Rumors]