Saudi King Salman announces an instant holiday for workers and students in the kingdom to celebrate the victory.
Cheering Saudi football fans celebrating late into the night on Tuesday can rest easy with a lie-in tomorrow, after authorities in Riydh declared a national holiday to mark a Surprise victory in the World Cup.
Green Falcons win 2-1 against Argentinaone of the highest-ranked teams in the world, boasts some of the most shocking results in tournament history.
“It’s football. Sometimes things are completely crazy,” Saudi coach Hervé Renard said. “All the stars lined up for us,” added Renard, who won the Africa Cup of Nations. as Zambia coach in 2012, then repeated the feat with Ivory Coast in 2015.
In Saudi Arabia, King Salman announced an instant holiday for public and private sector workers, as well as students across the kingdom, to celebrate the victory.
The announcement follows a similar move by Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, when the little-known African side beat Argentina and also declared a public holiday the following day.
Saudi Arabia had only won three World Cup matches in their history before pulling off the upset, with second-half goals from Saleh al-Shehri and Salem al-DawsarI responding to a penalty scored by Lionel Messi at the 10th minute.
Saudi Arabia next face Poland on Saturday and then Mexico next Tuesday in Group C.