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Saudi Arabia declares public holiday after shock Argentina win ~ FIFA News

Saudi King Salman announces an instant public holiday for workers and students in the kingdom, in celebration of victory.

Jubilant Saudi soccer fans who celebrate late into the night on Tuesday can rest easy tomorrow, after Riydh authorities declared a national holiday to commemorate a stunning World Cup victory.

The Green Falcons’ 2-1 win over Argentina, one of the top-ranked teams in the world, is one of the most impressive results in the tournament’s history.

“This is soccer. Sometimes things are completely crazy,” Saudi Arabia coach Hervé Renard said. “All the stars aligned for us,” added Renard, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as Zambia coach in 2012 and then repeated the feat with Côte d’Ivoire in 2015.

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In Saudi Arabia, King Salman announced an instant public holiday for workers in the public and private sectors, as well as students in the kingdom, in celebration of the victory.

The announcement follows a similar move by Cameroon during the 1990 World Cup in Italy, when the African team beat Argentina, and also declared the next day a public holiday.

Saudi fans celebrate after their team’s 2-1 win against Argentina [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Saudi Arabia had won just three World Cup games in its history before it came as an upset, with second-half goals from Saleh al-Shehri and Salem al-DawsarI answering a Lionel Messi penalty in the 10th minute.

Saudi Arabia will face Poland on Saturday and then face Mexico next Tuesday in Group C.


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