Mexico fans in Brazil were jubilant following their 3-1 win over Croatia, which saw them qualify the knockout stages of the World Cup.
In the Group A decider which would see one team advance to the next round and one side crash out, Mexico ran out convincing winners with goals from Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez.
There were unsavoury scenes in California, however, where fans ran riot in the streets and hundreds of people swarmed onto the roads in the Huntington Park area of Los Angeles.
The state of California has the second-highest proportion of Hispanic residents in the United States, behind only Mexico City, while Los Angeles is the metropolitan area with the largest number of Hispanics.
They were out in full force to celebrate, but while the majority enjoyed the Mexican victory peacefully police were forced to make at least two arrests when some supporters rocked cars and tossed bottles.
Most fans, however, celebrated the result in good spirits. Supporters flooded into the centre of Mexico City to watch the match on big screens, and much of the capital was shut down to make way for the vast crowds.
Mexico will face a formidable Netherlands side in the round of 16, but the Central Americans are confident.
Some fans chanted "Holland will get a taste of the national hot pepper." It is sure to be a mouthwatering clash.