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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.