Saudi Arabia’s King Salman announces public holiday for tomorrow after their win against Argentina at the World Cup

Following Saudi Arabia’s historic victory over Argentina at the World Cup on Tuesday, November 22, King Salman has declared a national holiday in the country.

With a 2–1 victory over Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, the Saudi Arabian national team pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the present World Cup in Qatar. Saudi Arabia’s victory means Argentina’s 36-game winning streak has ended.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia announced that all workers and students in the Middle Eastern nation will have Wednesday off in response to the outcome.

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.”

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.

“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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