State media reported that Saudi King Salman had declared a national holiday following the stunning World Cup victory that the football team had over Argentina on Tuesday.
The Al-Ekhbariya channel stated on Twitter that the monarch, who is 86 years old, “orders that tomorrow, Wednesday, be a holiday for all employees in the public and private sectors, as well as male and female students at all educational levels.”
The fact that the move was made during final exams in the Gulf nation suggests that they will need to be rescheduled.
At the Lusail Stadium in Doha, the Saudi Green Falcons came back from conceding an early Lionel Messi penalty to produce one of the greatest World Cup shocks thanks to an equalizer from Saleh Al-Shehri and a stunning goal from Salem Al-Dawsari.
After the final whistle blew, celebrations broke out all over the capital, Riyadh. Fans formed impromptu dance circles and waved the national flag with the sword on it from the windows of fast cars.
After watching the game with a group that included Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the energy minister, Al-Ekhbariya posted pictures of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Salman’s son.
On Tuesday, major Riyadh theme parks and entertainment centers will waive admission fees, according to Turki al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority and adviser to the Royal Court.
The two-time world champions led by Messi, who has won seven Ballons d’Or, would be defeated by Herve Renard’s Green Falcons, who are ranked 51st in the world.