Saudi King Salman has declared a public holiday in the country on Wednesday following the Saudi team’s 2-1 victory over Argentina at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
According to Arabnews, King Salman supported Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s proposal to declare a holiday to commemorate the national team’s success.
The national holiday affects all employees, both public and private, as well as all students in the country.
The Saudis celebrated beating the South Americans in the opening game of Group C as they stopped Lionel Messi and his teammates, ending a 36-game unbeaten run for the Argentines.
The Arabians had always lost badly against football powerhouses with the most demeaning being the 8-0 lost to Germany in the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan.
In the historic win against Argentina, Saleh Alsheri scored the equalizer in the 48th minute before Salem Aldawseri scored the decider five minutes later.
Saudi Arabia’s heros Alsheri and Salem put up a fantastic performance, but it was coach Herve Renard who took all the praise for his tactics in an unexpected victory over Argentina at Lusail Stadium.
Saudi Arabia will play to face Lewandowski’s Poland side on Saturday, November, 26 at Education City Stadium.