Saudi king announces holiday tomorrow after shock victory over Argentina: report

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Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina in their opening match at the FIFA World Cup

New Delhi:

Saudi Arabia has declared a national holiday tomorrow following the football team’s 2-1 win against Argentina in the FIFA World Cup, state media reported. All public and private employees will get a holiday tomorrow, Saudi King Salman announced today. Schools also remain closed.

The move comes in the midst of final exams in the Gulf Nation, signaling the need for them to be rescheduled.

Turki al-Sheikh, an adviser to the royal court and head of Saudi Arabia’s general entertainment authority, announced on Twitter that admission fees would be waived on Tuesday for the city’s major theme parks and entertainment centers.

Saudi Arabia bounced back from an early Lionel Messi penalty to unleash one of the biggest World Cup shocks thanks to a Saleh Al-Shehri equalizer and a superb Salem Al-Dawsari winner at Doha’s Lusail Stadium.

After the final whistle, celebrations broke out all over the capital Riyadh, with fans forming impromptu dance circles and waving the sword-adorned national flag from the windows of speeding cars.

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