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FIFA World Cup 2022- Saudi king declares public holiday to mark the national team’s win against Argentina

Saudi Arabia has declared a holiday after its national football team’s stunning victory over heavyweight Argentina in World Cup Group C clash at Lusail stadium in Qatar.

It was a historic result in the FIFA World Cup 2022 as Saudi Arabia defeated favourites Argentina 2-1 in a classic encounter. The Argentine team took the lead in the 10th minute of the match when Leo Messi converted a penalty. The first half was completely dominated by Argentina leaving the Saudis only to defend their post in order to avoid any further lead.

But as the second-half kicked off, it was a different Saudi Arab side with extra energy and confidence. They equalised in the 48th minute when Saleh Alshehri netted the ball with a classic left foot angled shot. Just five minutes later, the Saudi fans in the stadium erupted in frantic joy when Salem Aldawsari scored the second goal that eventually became the decider of the match.

Despite a lot of possession after conceding the goal, Argentina could not level the score. Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais put up a brave show by making at least five saves. Saudi Arabia, ranked 51st in the latest FIFA ranking, broke Argentina’s 36-match unbeaten streak, including winning the Copa America 2021.

As soon as the match ended, the Saudi fans erupted in joy in and outside the stadium. The celebration was not limited among the Saudi Arabian people, but the entire Arab world rose to celebrate the historic victory. The host nation, Qatar, that faced intense criticism over human rights, also had a sweet moment. Qatar’s Emir draped the Saudi flag over his shoulders at the match. A Doha skyscraper also flashed “Congratulations Greens.”

King Salman declared a public holiday in Saudi Arabia to celebrate the win. “King Salman orders that tomorrow, Wednesday, will be a holiday for all employees in public and private sectors as well as for students in all phases of education, in celebration of #Saudi Arabia’s stunning victory against Argentina in #WorldCup2022,” Saudi Gazette, an English language daily in Saudi Arabia, said in a tweet.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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