On Monday Mexico beat Croatia 3-1 with a flurry of late goals to clinch a spot in the World Cup round of 16, a huge accomplishment for a squad that almost failed to qualify for the tournament. Mexico manager Miguel Herrera couldn't contain his jubilation on the sideline – but his reaction was measured compared to a celebration of El Tri supporters in the U.S.
At least four people were arrested as fans hit the streets Monday evening in Huntington Park, Calif. The excited Mexican supporters began to block streets and rock vehicles that were trying to pass by. According to the Los Angeles Times, fans went as far as blocking the freeway ramp in the aftermath of the victory.
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The situation escalated to the point that police officers began to arrive on horseback and in riot gear as a precaution, which only provoked the cheering fans even more.
One woman was arrested after apparently throwing a bottle at one of the officers on horseback while the others were arrested upon suspicion of public intoxication. Video footage showed police wrestling people to the ground and handcuffing them.
CBS LA had aerial footage of the celebration and its aftermath:
Mexico faces the Netherlands on Sunday and based on the aftermath of the most recent win, it's safe to assume the LAPD will be ready for the outpouring of jubilation (or sorrow) that follows the result.
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