Saudi Arabia declared a national holiday after the World Cup victory

SAudi Arabia’s stunning 2-1 victory over Argentina of the World Cup sparked such jubilation that the kingdom will pause for a national holiday on Wednesday.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz decreed a day of celebration after the win, which was widely hailed as one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history.

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Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange – the Tadawul – will close for the day, while public and private sector workers and students will be given the day off.

The win puts the Saudi Arabian team at the top of the Group C table – level with group leaders including France and England. Group C is completed by Poland and Mexico with one point each and Argentina with zero. All eyes will turn to the Saudi team on Saturday when they face Poland.

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The national holiday raises the bar for celebrations high. If a single win can trigger a national holiday, what on earth will the Saudis do if their team miraculously steals the tournament?

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