Saudi Arabia declares national holiday tomorrow to celebrate historic World Cup 2022 win over Argentina

FOLLOWING their historic victory against Argentina all citizens of Saudi Arabia have been given a national holiday.

A second-half comeback from the Middle Eastern nation saw them achieve a monumental win against one of the tournament favourites.

GettySaleh Al-Shehri, left, celebrates his equaliser[/caption]

GettySaudi Arabia players celebrate as they take the lead against Argentina[/caption]

GettyThe celebrations continued into the dressing room[/caption]

GettyThe fans roared their approval in the ground[/caption]

And as a result, King Salman has approved a suggestion from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to declare tomorrow a national holiday.

This means Saudi Arabians can carry on with their jubilant celebrations without the worry of needing to work tomorrow.

Both private and public sector workers will be given this break alongside students at all educational ages.

Players in the dressing room were pictured going wild after the win, jumping on tables and chanting in celebration.

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At first the game appeared to be going according to plan for Lionel Messi and Co after the Paris-Saint Germain superstar netted an early penalty.

However, after they had three goals ruled out for offside in the first half Saudi Arabia then took the game to the Copa America champions.

Saleh Al-Shehri netted the Gulf State’s equaliser before Salem Al-Dawsari produced a goal straight out of the top drawer to put his nation into the lead.

Nearly 40 minutes of stoic body-on-line defending followed as they held on to score a 2-1 victory.


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Roy Keane, who previously laughed off Saudi Arabia’s pre-World Cup chances, slammed Messi’s flops on speaking on ITV.

He said: “There is no aggression, there are bodies there but you have to go and attack the ball, there is no composure, they have lost their heads.

“Look at Di Maria here! Di Maria, my God. They [Saudi Arabia] had something to hold onto by this point.

“When they go 2-1 up they are looking at Argentina going, ‘Listen, this is a long way back for you’.

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“They needed quality but they didn’t show that quality. Di Maria, decision making… they get into one or two positions, they were hesitant, Saudi Arabia were getting bodies on the line, they were fantastic.

“But Argentina have got to do better. Saudi Arabia were aggressive, they were big and strong, had a bit of luck as you need, the goalkeeper did very well but the quality from Argentina was poor.”

AFPCelebrations spilled over into the street afterwards[/caption]

AFPFans waved their national flag as they went along in cars[/caption]

AFPOne fan held a flag while riding a scooter[/caption]

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