King Of Saudi Arabia Declares Public Holiday To Celebrate Argentina Win
The King of Saudi Arabia, king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, declared Wednesday a public holiday following their shock 2-1 win over Argentina on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia produced arguably the greatest shock in FIFA World Cup history when they came from behind at the Lusail Iconic Stadium to end Argentina's 36-game unbeaten run.
The Albiceleste took the lead thanks to a 10th minute penalty from Lionel Messi.
Argentina had three goals ruled out for offside before the conclusion of a dominant first half but Herve Renard's men rallied back after the break for a stunning turnaround.
First Al Hilal forward Saleh Al Shehri equalised three minutes after the break and Salem Al Dawsari, also from Hilal, completed the famous comeback with a wonderful curler past Emiliano Martinez in the 53rd minute.
Following the win, a national holiday has been declared to properly celebrate the win in Saudi Arabia.
A statement from the king read: “It is directed that tomorrow, Wednesday, be a holiday for all employees in all sectors of the state and the private sector, and male and female students in all educational stages.
“The directive came in agreement with what was proposed by his highness on the occasion of the Saudi national team’s victory over the Argentina national team in the World Cup.”