FIFA World Cup: Saudi Arabia declares public holiday over Argentina win

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has declared Wednesday (November 23) a public holiday to celebrate its historic win against favourites Argentina in a FIFA World Cup match in Qatar which applies to all employees in both public and private sectors, as well as all students across the country, Khaleej Times reported on Tuesday.

Unheralded Saudi Arabia notched one of the biggest shocks in the World Cup history earlier today with a 2-1 win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina thanks to a scintillating second half comeback.

On his fifth and final quest for the only major trophy to elude him, the 35-year-old Messi scored a 10th minute penalty in a dominant first half display where he and Lautaro Martinez also had three goals disallowed for offside.