Saudi Arabia celebrated a sensational win in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, beating Argentina with its star player Lionel Messi – 2-1. 

The Argentinian national team is ranked third in the world and is considered one of the favorites to win the soccer tournament. The South American team has had a remarkable winning streak of 36 games – one win short of the record in international soccer.

Saudi Arabia arrived at its opening match in Group C as a clear underdog, ranked 48 places below its opponent. The kingdom’s victory will be remembered as one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. 

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced that Nov. 23 will be a national holiday to mark the stunning achievement. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman reportedly suggested the gesture prior, receiving the king’s approval. 

The Saudi government said the public holiday will be for all state employees “and the private sector, and male and female students in all educational stages.”

MBS visited Qatar on Sunday to attend the World Cup opening ceremony but skipped the match against Argentina. The Saudi royal family published pictures of him celebrating the win in Riyadh. 

Last month, the crown prince hosted the national team’s players in the lead-in to the tournament, reportedly telling them: “I know that our group is difficult in the World Cup this year. Nobody even expects us to pull a draw or win. So, I am telling you to play without stress, play your game and just enjoy the tournament.” 

Lionel Messi, 35, who is playing his fifth and likely final World Cup for Argentina, said, at the end of the match, that there are “no excuses” for the team’s performance.  

“It’s a very hard blow because we did not expect to start in this way,” Messi said. “We expected to get the three points that would have given us calmness.” 

“Things happen for a reason. We have to prepare for what is coming, we have to win and it depends on us,” he said.

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