Saudi Arabia declares public holiday to mark historic World Cup win over Argentina

Saudi Arabia’s World Cup win over Argentina was undoubtedly the biggest shock of the tournament. It’s now going to be commemorated forever.

After their historic World Cup Group C win over Argentina, Wednesday has been announced as a public holiday for all employees and students in Saudi Arabia

King Salman approved a suggestion made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Herve Renard’s Saudi Arabia team have written themselves into football folklore.

The rank outsiders did it against an Argentina side on a 36-match unbeaten streak. Saudi leaders and the fans circled public squares in convoys of cars, waving the country’s green flag and proclaiming a new era of international football.

According to The South African, the public holiday will be for all state employees “and the private sector, and male and female students in all educational stages” the government announced on Tuesday evening.

Saudi Arabia shocking win against Argentina

“We are so happy about the result. It was an exceptional match from our falcons,” said Ghassan Alwan, 42, marketing director at the Saudi Ministry of Housing. “Our faith in our players was in the right place. We wrote history tonight.”

“Incredible, massive, amazing, fantastic,” added Abdulrahman Abed, a sports editor. “Congratulations to everyone. This means a lot to every Saudi. This will give a huge boost to every Arabic team in the World Cup”

La Albiceleste hadn’t lost a football match since the 2019 Copa America semifinal against Brazil, a sequence of 36 games. That stretch included 25 wins and 11 draws. Saudi Arabia, of all people, are the brave set of players to end that amazing run.


  • This was the first time in 20 matches that Saudi Arabia scored two or more goals in one game across all competitions.
  • Argentina had kept clean sheets in 13 out of 15 matches prior to their shock 1-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia.
  • Argentina went 36 matches unbeaten and had kept five consecutive clean sheets leading up to this clash.

Leo Messi and his Argentina charges will be looking to get back on the horse when they face Mexico on Saturday November 26th

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