Celebrations of Mexico’s 2-1 victory over South Korea in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Saturday resulted in two men being arrested in Huntington Park and the closure of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, authorities said.
The arrests for suspicion of assault for throwing eggs were made near Santa Fe and Florence avenues, Huntington Park police Lt. Patrick Kraut said. Pedestrian celebrations ended around 2 p.m. and people cruising in cars celebrated until 5 p.m., he said.
Officers from the Vernon, Bell and El Monte police departments were called in to assist Huntington Park officers, Kraut said.
The game ended around 10 a.m.
A watch commander at the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station said there were no arrests and celebrations starting winding down about 3 p.m.
Viewing parties for Saturday’s game were held across the Southland, including in Long Beach, downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown and the former Olympic Auditorium.
Mexico would advance to the tournament’s knockout stage and win its group with a victory or tie against Sweden Wednesday in the final group play game for both teams.
Mexico would also advance to the knockout stage if Germany loses to or ties South Korea Wednesday.
A loss by Mexico and a victory by Germany would leave Mexico, Germany and Sweden in a three-way tie for first in the group. A Mexico loss to Sweden by two goals or more would eliminate Mexico on goal difference in group matches, the first tiebreaker.
In a three-way tie, Mexico would advance with a 2-1 loss to Sweden and if Germany defeats South Korea,1-0, based on goals scored, the second tiebreaker.
South Korea would be eliminated with a loss or tie against Germany. South Korea would advance to the knockout stage if it defeats Germany by two more or goals and Sweden loses to Mexico.