December 6th , 2022



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Saudi Arabia's King Salman, father of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, declared a national holiday on Wednesday, November 23, to commemorate Qatar's victory in the 2022 World Cup.

The Green Falcons' 2-1 victory over Argentina stunned the Saudis, as they defeated one of the world's top-ranked football teams, making history in Tuesday's tournament. "This is football." "Sometimes things are completely insane," Saudi Arabia coach Hervé Renard reportedly said. "All the stars aligned for us," he added. All public and private sectors, as well as all students, will observe the national holiday to celebrate the Green Falcons' victory. Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina 2-1 at the Lusail Stadium in Doha.

Prince Saud, one of Mohammad Bin Salman's (MBS) brothers, posted photos on Instagram of the crown prince prostrating in thanksgiving to God in a room. In the same room, his brother, Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz, was seen holding a Saudi flag. Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, was seen draping the Saudi flag over his shoulders as Saudi Arabia won a historic match.

As Saudi Arabians cheered and wrapped the Saudi flag around them, a Doha skyscraper flashed "Congratulations Greens." Saudi Arabia's declaration is not the first of its kind; Cameroon's outstanding performance against Argentina during the 1990 World Cup in Italy resulted in a public holiday for fans.By defeating Lionel Messi's Argentina 2-1 in the World Cup match, Saudi Arabia sparked one of the biggest World Cup upsets in the sport's history. At Lusail Stadium north of Doha, goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais made two crucial saves late in the game to preserve the victory.

"I am very pleased with the result that we were able to achieve against this very storied team," Alowais said, according to the Associated Press. "We've prepared for this. We were completely prepared, and hopefully our future results will be better. "I thought we were especially good in the last few minutes because we got the three points," he added.Saudi Arabia's World Cup record in a nutshell

Saudi Arabia qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1994, led by Argentine manager Jorge Solari and captained by national veteran Majed Abdullah. Following victories over Belgium and Morocco in the group stage, the team faced Sweden in the round of 16, where they were defeated 3-1. Saudi Arabia qualified for the next three World Cups, but failed to win a single game; in 2002, they finished last without scoring and allowed 12 goals, including eight against Germany.In 2006, the team qualified again but was unable to demonstrate their worth as they did not win a single game. After a 12-year hiatus, Saudi Arabia qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Russia. Here, too, the start was not promising, as the team was defeated by the host in the first minute, as Russia scored five goals against them. Later in the same campaign, the team lost to Uruguay but won by a narrow margin against Egypt.

The Middle East team started their 2022 Qatar World Cup campaign with a bang, defeating Copa America champions Argentia. Many football fans have already labeled it the "biggest upset" of the season.