East L.A. street shut down for World Cup celebration

Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles has been shut down, and extra patrol vehicles are out in force to monitor crowds celebrating Mexico's 2-1 victory today over South Korea in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

A watch commander at the sheriff's East Los Angeles station confirmed that extra units have been deployed, but refused to go into further detail.

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 is now poised to advance to the round of 16, and next will play Sweden on Wednesday at 7 a.m. Pacific time.

Mexico has reached the knockout round each of the last six World Cups, then lost in the round of 16 each time. Mexico is 15th in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer's international governing body. South Korea was ranked 57th.

South Korea will conclude group play Wednesday with a game against Germany at 7 a.m. Pacific time.