SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — Sunday marked day four of action at the World Cup; and it featured a huge upset that had hundreds of people dancing in the South Bay streets. Mexico took down the defending world champions Germany and local fans had a great time celebrating.
Mexico fans took over the streets in National City to cheer for the team after they won a group match game against Germany in the World Cup.
"People didn't believe in Mexico," said Erik Reyna. "People didn't believe but look what happened... you gotta believe."
National City Police shut down Highland Avenue after several dances broke out.
The win was an upset victory for Mexico against the reigning World Cup champions.
Fans filled bars and restaurants – including some that had opened early for the game.
"It's exciting watching I," said Edimar Velasco at the Bullpen in Clairemont. "I didn't think I was going to get up this early, but it's got me having energy watching this early."
Fans in National City celebrate Mexico's win
For some, the comradery is a potential preview to their vision of San Diego if SoccerCity moves forward and the city gets a team.
"I think it would be huge," said Fabian Velasco. "I feel like we have a lot of soccer fans in San Diego. I think it would help the city."
On the streets of National City some fans are also hoping to see more of the sport.
"It would bring a big community to San Diego," said Alexis Borja. "Hopefully if SoccerCity goes through it brings more moments like this to San Diego because this is what we need. San Diego needs moments like these to remember."
Mexico's goalie Guillermo Ochoa was praised for his nine saves during the game preventing Germany from scoring any goals and setting up Mexico to potentially head to the knockout rounds next month.
Fans of Mexico's soccer team gather in National City to celebrate team's win over Germany in World Cup group match. pic.twitter.com/Uj41Nkj3mR— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonNews8) June 17, 2018
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