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Wow, these photos inside the Croatian match-winning goal celebration

Russia Soccer WCup Match Moments Day 23 Photo Gallery

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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What do you need to do to get mere feet from pure glee?

Ask Yuri Cortez.

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The AFP photographer was the artist at the bottom of Croatia’s goal celebration, as Mario Mandzukic made history with a match-winning World Cup semifinal goal on Wednesday in Moscow.

Now we can see the pay-off that comes with hitting the deck for your work, as Cortez caught these A-plus images of Mandzukic as he coms to terms with furthering his status as a Croatian hero.

Amazing stuff, Mr. Cortez.

Cortez even got a shot of Mandzukic realizing there was a man to help up from the ground!

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