Son Heung-min: Tottenham star avoids national service following Asian Cup gold

Kristopher Nichols
September 2, 2018

The 26-year-old Spurs forward and his South Korea teammates secured their exemptions with the 2-1 win in extra time over regional rivals Japan at Indonesia's Pakan Sari Stadium outside Jakarta Saturday night local time (Saturday morning ET). "We can win a gold medal against South Korea if we take them head-on with all our strength".

"I am really really, really grateful to them (supporters)".

South Korea opened the scoring, before netting another goal. "Of course when I see the people support me, I want to give something back and this is the best present for my life".

The dam finally broke a few minutes into extra-time as substitute Lee Seung-woo of Hellas Verona collected a pass from Son and rocketed the ball into the top corner.

Another assist from a free kick would put the Koreans up 2-0, Son finding Hwang Hee-Chan who headed home superbly.

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Spurs faced the prospect of losing Son for at least 21 months, with all South Korean men legally required to carry out military service before they reach the age of 28.

You can't not be delighted for the former Hamburg man - but we reckon no-one will be more pleased than Spurs given there was a chance he would miss a lot of football had he not triumphed today.

The win means that a calculated gamble by his employers, Tottenham Hotspur, has paid off. Spurs released their increasingly influential forward, allowing him to miss their opening four matches of the season, so that he could lead his country to gold in Indonesia and spare himself the mandatory military service he nearly certainly would have had to return home for in the coming months.

"My players fought to the very end", said Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu.

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