Photographer bowled by celebrating Croatia players keeps snapping

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Croatia reached the World Cup final for the very first time in the history of the country and will play France for the title on Sunday.

Agence France Presse photographer Yuri Cortez found himself pinned to the ground by players as they tumbled over each other into advertising boards next to where photographers were taking shots.

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", Cortez told AFP. The man who had the honour of being knocked out by the collective weight of Croatia's finest was Yuri Cortez who is the Chief Photographer at AFP Mexico. It was a insane moment, they were delighted.

Another photographer then captures the moment as Mandzukic apologises for bundling over Cortez, who has a broad grin etched across his face.

He said he quickly picked up his camera and started taking photos of the players - from close up, or rather close down.

But, Croatia ended the three lion's dream in extra time when Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute.

'Then they asked me if I was OK.

After things began to die down, Domagoj Vida and Ivan Rakitic made their way to the photographer to apologise and give him a kiss and hug. To take Croatia to a World Cup final is something incredible.

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