LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — World Cup soccer fans were out in the pre-dawn chill Wednesday to watch the highly-anticipated match between Mexico and Sweden.

Mexico won their last two matches, prompting rowdy celebrations in different areas of Los Angeles that ended in arrests. They advance in the World Cup despite losing 3-0 to Sweden, thanks to Germany’s shocking 2-0 loss to South Korea.

Both games began at 7 a.m. The final games in each group in the World Cup are played simultaneously in an attempt to avoid collusion.

Mexico upset defending champion Germany, 1-0, in its tournament opener June 17, and defeated South Korea, 2-1, Saturday.

World Cup fever has taken Los Angeles by storm, prompting jubilant celebrations in the streets of East L.A., Pacoima and other areas. Police have had to make arrests after each of Mexico’s wins due to fans blocking streets and doing donuts in intersections.

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