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Police Respond as Hundreds Celebrate Mexico World Cup Victory in Huntington Park

Hundreds of fans celebrating Mexico’s 3-1 World Cup win over Croatia faced off with police in the streets of Huntington Park, south of downtown Los Angeles, on Monday.

Police and officers were lining up at the intersection of Santa Fe and Florence avenues on June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Police and officers were lining up at the intersection of Santa Fe and Florence avenues. (Credit: KTLA)

Between 160 and 200 fans began gathering shortly after the match ended just before 3 p.m., according to Detective Elsa Cobain of the Huntington Park Police Department.

The celebrants were amassing at Pacific Boulevard and Florence Avenue (map), and officers were out in force, she said.

World Cup revelers took video of police officers responding to their celebration in Huntington Park on June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

World Cup revelers took video of responding police officers. (Credit: KTLA)

Soon, police were facing off with fans clad in red, white and green, some of whom took video of the officers, footage from the scene showed. Officers appears to be moving trying to move revelers back onto sidewalks.

By about 6 p.m., after police had issued an order to stay out of the roadway, officers mounted on horses lined up across the intersection of Santa Fe and Florence avenues, aerial video showed.

A young woman was taken into custody after an officer took her down on the sidewalk on June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A young woman was taken into custody after an officer took her down on the sidewalk. (Credit: KTLA)

Fans still moved through the streets, some waving Mexico’s flag, as the mounted officers pushed forward.

Four people were arrested, two for public intoxication; one for failure to disperse; and one for throwing bottles at officers, according to Cobian. One of those arrested, a young woman who ran from officers, was taken down on the sidewalk, aerial video from the scene showed.

Two people appeared to have been taken into custody during the post-match revelry on June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Two people appeared to have been taken into custody during the post-match revelry on June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The Police Department sent a warning about significant traffic delays at about 4:30 p.m., suggesting drivers consider alternate routes.

The following roadways were impacted, according to police:

  • Florence Avenue
  • Pacific Boulevard
  • Gage Avenue
  • Slauson Avenue
  • Santa Fe Avenue
  • Alameda Street

“Fans celebrating Mexico’s win are reminded to obey all laws,” the advisory stated. “Pedestrians MUST stay out of the street.”

Mounted officers advanced down the street toward Huntington Park World Cup revelers on June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Mounted officers advanced down the street. (Credit: KTLA)

In a second advisory issued about 5:45 p.m., police had said Pacific Boulevard and Florence Avenue were closed.

A similar celebration broke out Monday night in Pacoima where soccer fans blocked intersections and forced the closures of several ramps on the 5 Freeway.

Mexico’s 3-1 win over Croatia came about the same time as Brazil’s 4-1 defeat of Cameroon, finalizing results for Group A on Monday. Mexico and Brazil will proceed to the knockout phase in the round of 16.

Fans celebrated Mexico's World Cup victory on the streets of Huntington Park June 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Fans celebrated on streets and sidewalks. (Credit: KTLA)

“It was the best game ever,” one Mexico fan said amid the sound of horns in Huntington Park.

Mexico needed only a tie to move on, but it scored three goals, with the first not coming until the 72nd minute. The country’s team will play the Netherlands on Sunday.

Brazil will next play Chile on Saturday.

Rafael Marquez of Mexico celebrates with teammates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Credit: Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)

Rafael Marquez of Mexico celebrates with teammates scoring his team’s first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Credit: Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)

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