Public holiday announced in Saudi Arabia after shock Argentina win

Saudi Arabia declared a national holiday to mark a shock World Cup victory. The Green Falcons’ 2-1 win over Word Cup favourite Argentina, is among the biggest shock results in the history of the football.

King Salman announced a snap public holiday for workers in the public and private sectors, as well as students in the kingdom, in celebration of the win.

The announcement follows a similar move by Cameroon during the 1990 World Cup in Italy, when the unfancied African team beat Argentina and also declared a public holiday the following day, Al Jazeera reported.

Saudi Arabia had only ever won three World Cup matches in its history before pulling off the upset.

Many scenes were seen across the Qatari capital with honking cars forming impromptu parades as passers-by joined in the festivities with chants and cheers. For the Green Falcons fans, however, all that matters is now – and their team’s greatest victory ever.

Argentina’s next game will be against Mexico on Saturday while Saudi Arabia will take on Poland the same day.