Saudi Arabia declares national holiday today

All public and private sector employees and students in Saudi Arabia will have the day off today after their national team beat Argentina 2-1 in one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history yesterday.

The Gulf state is currently ranked a lowly 51st in the world behind hosts Qatar and came into the tournament with low expectations in a group with Argentina, who were tipped by many to challenge for ultimate glory.

But in a turn of events, the underdogs sent the team ranked number three in the world crashing to the bottom of Group C with a stellar 2-1 victory.

Today, Saudi Arabians can continue their celebrations as King Salman approved plans to give all employees and students a national holiday, reports the Saudi Press Agency.


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