2 arrested after Mexico’s World Cup victory sparks celebrations in Pacoima, East L.A.

Mats Hummels of Germany battles for the ball with Javier Hernandez of Mexico during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium.
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At least two people were arrested in Pacoima on Sunday after a spontaneous party broke out celebrating Mexico’s 1-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a third person may have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.

About 300 fans of Mexico’s national soccer team poured into the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys boulevards around noon and lighted fireworks. The celebration was “uneventful” and the participants cheering El Tri were mostly cooperative, police said.


Large crowds also filled Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, the Sheriff’s Department said, prompting deputies to close part of the road. At one point, as many as 1,000 people were celebrating in the street, wearing soccer jerseys and waving Mexican flags.

In Mexico, tens of thousands of people descended on iconic Mexico City locales after the upset victory against the reigning champion.

The match marked a first-round win that didn’t clinch anything in the month-long competition in Russia, but it put Mexico in a solid position to move on to the second round.

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