Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has announced that there will be a public holiday in his country after their shock comeback win against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
After Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a penalty kick, Saleh Al-Sheri and Salem Al-Dawsari found the net in the second half to complete an unbelievable comeback against one of the teams regarded as World Cup favorites.
Argentina found the back of the net four times in the first half but three of their goals were rightly ruled out for offside thanks to the high line that was successfully deployed by the Middle Eastern nation.
This immense victory led to the announcement of a public holiday for Wednesday by the King of Saudi Arabia. A translation of the Country’s official tweet confirming the news 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."
Saudi Arabia’s victory snapped what was a three year long unbeaten run which lasted 36 games for Argentina and put the South American champions in a tough position where they have to win all their remaining games in the group in order to qualify. Saudi Arabia on the other hand are the only team in group C to have won their first group game with Mexico and Poland drawing later in the day, This means that as it stands, they are favorites to qualify from their group.
When asked about the victory in his post-match press conference, Herve Renard claimed that the stars were aligned on the day for them to win and also called for focus on the next two group games.
“When you are coming into a World Cup, you need to believe in yourself. Everything can happen in football. Sometimes the opponent isn’t at their best motivation. This has happened to us when playing a lower-ranked team. This is what other people don’t understand.
“We have made history for Saudi football and it will stay forever. That’s most important, but we also need to look forward because we still have two very difficult games to play.
“Today, all the stars in the sky were in line for us, but we can’t forget that Argentina are a fantastic team. They came here without losing in 36 games, they’re South American champions and they’ve an amazing player, but this is football. Sometimes something completely crazy can happen.
“A lot of Saudi fans came today and I told my players to also think about the 35 million Saudi people at home. They were all waiting for something new.”
Saudi Arabia will look to continue their wonderful start to the World Cup campaign when they face a Robert Lewandowski led Poland.