Son avoids military service as Korea win gold at Asian Games

Son avoids military service as Korea win gold at Asian Games

Son avoids military service as Korea win gold at Asian Games

"We can win a gold medal against South Korea if we take them head-on with all our strength".

Yoo Seung-jun, a popular singer in the 1990s, had to give up his career in South Korea after he was accused of evading military service by becoming a United States citizen.

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. In the 3rd-place playoff, Chinese Taipei defeated Qatar 3-1.

Korean captain Son, substituted in the dying seconds to buy precious time, sprinted from the bench to embrace goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, sobbing tears of joy as they rolled on the turf together.

The South Korean government rewards holders of Asian Games gold medals and all Olympic medals with the exemption. "You deserve a gold medal". We all hope we can win.

"I also want to talk about Tottenham".

Son will now be able to return to Tottenham with the knowledge that he won't have to leave the club due to military service.

The final itself was a tight affair and it was decided in extra-time following a goalless 90 minutes of football.

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.

"They have supported me so much and that means a lot to me".

For many of us, it's hard to comprehend what that must be like.

Son was selected to play at the 2014 Asian Games but his former club Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him - and the Koreans scooped gold.

"My players fought to the very end", said Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu. "They will be stronger for it at the Tokyo Olympics".

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