Saudi Arabia to have public holiday after historic victory over Argentina at World Cup as King Salman announces all employees and students get Wednesday off

    King Salman has announced a public holiday in Saudi Arabia after the nation’s historic victory over Argentina at the World Cup on Tuesday.

    The Green Falcons pulled off one of the greatest upsets in football history by coming from behind to beat Lionel Messi and co.

    Nobody saw this coming

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    Nobody saw this coming

    Messi put the Albiceleste in front from the penalty spot, but stunning second-half goals from Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari secured a shocking 2-1 victory in Qatar.

    It was a star-studded Argentina side, who had been fancied by many as the pre-tournament favourites, while Saudi Arabia are ranked 51st in the world.

    In response to the result, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announced all employees and students in the Middle Eastern country will get Wednesday off.

    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.”

    The Saudi players were filmed going wild in the changing room after the match and celebrations are bound to continue back home in the Gulf state.

    Saudi Arabia boss Herve Renard, who managed Cambridge United in 2004, said the ‘stars aligned’ for his team in Qatar.

    “They came here without losing in 36 games, they are South American champions, they have amazing players but this is football, sometimes completely crazy things can happen,” Renard said post-match.

    “Tactically we were not good in the first half. If we’d conceded a second goal, I think the game was finished, and at half-time I was not happy because our pressure and determination was not good.

    “But today all the stars in the sky aligned for us. Everything can happen in football – sometimes your opponent is not at their best. Imagine that for Lionel Messi to play against Saudi Arabia, you know the motivation is not like you are playing Brazil, this is normal.

    Things did not go to plan for Messi and co.

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    Things did not go to plan for Messi and co.

    “We made history that will stay in Saudi football forever, but we still need to look forward – we still have two games that are very difficult for us.

    “With three games you can win the first game and not qualify, and you can lose the first game and be world champions as Argentina. It’s possible.”

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