Heung-Min Son's Reaction To Asian Games Triumph Is Just Beautiful

Flagbearers Lim Yung-hui and Ju Kyong-chol of Unified Korea lead their contingent. Beawiharta Reuters

South Korea star soccer player Heung-min Son, who plays for Tottenham in England, won more than just a gold medal on Saturday at the Asian Games. A jubilant Son ran onto the pitch, running and jumping around, hugging his teammates and manager in some quite incredible scenes.

Almost every able-bodied South Korean male is required to perform military service before the age of 28, although the government rewards Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any colour with an exemption.

Son danced into the Japan penalty area early in the first period of extra-time and, as the forward prepared to pull the trigger, Verona forward Seung-Woo Lee swept in to rifle the ball into the top-left corner of the Japan net.

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

Perhaps guilty of switching off given the comfortable margin, South Korea conceded to Ueda at the death.

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It means Son, one of three over-age players permitted in the Korean squad in the under-23 regional tournament, is now spared 21 months of military duty at the age of 28. "I'll continue to work hard for Tottenham when I return".

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

Given permission to miss a few Premier League games by Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs, Son assisted both goals in the final and now he and his colleagues will receive automatic exemption from compulsory military service.

The 26-year-old will now not have to worry about carrying out the two-year mandatory military service for South Korea. "I'm really thankful to them".

The same thing happened in the 2014 tournament, though Son, playing for Bayer Leverkusen at the time, was not released by his club.

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