Tottenham's Son Heung-min avoids military duty with Asian Games gold

Posted September 03, 2018

And following on from a World Cup campaign where South Korea memorably beat reigning world champions Germany with two goals in stoppage time, the winning squad will now be given a special reprieve after going all the way in Indonesia.

"I still believe that we could have gotten a gold medal if we had enough practice time", Park, the WNBA star, said through an interpreter.

He then won a free-kick on the left side of Japan's box, and floated the set-piece to the far post where on-loan Hamburg striker Hwang Hee-Chan rose highest to double South Korea's lead.

Athletes who win gold at the Asian Games - silver or bronze is not enough - are exempt from the service, which lasts at least 21 months, meaning it was a narrow escape for captain Son and his teammates. "Of course when I see the people support me, I want to give something back and this is the best present for my life".

And as you might expect, the win went down especially well with Spurs fans who were dreading losing the dynamic player who has become such a favourite in recent years.

"I've got the gold medal around my neck but it really belongs to the Korean people", he said.

South Korea will be looking for its third gold medal in men's soccer.

The 101st-minute goal prompted Son to embrace South Korea coach Kim Hak-bum on the sidelines. We worked so hard.

This time around Son didn't play in the first two group games against Malaysia and Bahrain but scored the victor against Kyrgyzstan and was a starter in the quarterfinal win over Uzbekistan, the semifinal against Vietnam and Saturday's final. Of course, it's such an important game for him. "They showed real spirit and can be proud of themselves".

After this year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Tokyo is holding the 2020 Summer Games and Beijing will host the winter edition in 2022 - becoming the first city to organise both the summer and winter Games.