Mexico may have been eliminated from the World Cup on Sunday, but that didn’t deter El Tri faithful from celebrating the team’s run as hundreds gathered in the streets of Huntington Park waving flags, banging drums and blowing horns.
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Fans were met by up to 100 law enforcement officers in riot gear, on horseback and in dark-armored vehicles who shut down several blocks of Pacific Boulevard at Florence Avenue in anticipation of large crowds after the 9 a.m. match.
The celebration was mostly peaceful, police said. No arrests were made and no injuries were immediately reported.
Pacific Boulevard was reopened after several hours.
The crushing 2-1 loss at the hands of the Netherlands sent Mexico packing, marking the sixth straight time Mexico made it to the second round at the World Cup, but did not reach the quarterfinals.
"We almost made it, we almost made it. I want to cry, man," said one fan.
Last week, five people were arrested in Huntington Park during a rowdy celebration after Mexico defeated Croatia in the international soccer tournament.