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Tottenham star Son Heung-min exempt from military service as South Korea win Asian Games


Son Heung-min captainted South Korea to Asian Games glory (Picture: Reuters)

Son Heung-min has earned military exemption after South Korea saw off Japan with a 2-1 victory in the final of the Asian Games.

The Tottenham forward was facing the possibility of 21 months without professional football, with all South Korean men legally required to carry out military service before the age of 28.

However, after a goalless 90 minutes in the final, Son set up Lee Seung-woo three minutes into extra-time and the Hellas Verona winger found the net with a composed finish.

South Korea doubled their lead just six minutes later as Son registered another assist with a free-kick towards the back post.

Hwang Hee-chan headed home Son’s pinpoint cross to put Paulo Bento’s almost out of sight.

The Spurs forward grabbed two assists versus Japan (Picture: Reuters)

Ayase Ueda pulled one back for Japan to set up a tense finish but South Korea were able to hold on for the win.

The celebrations from Son and the rest of the South Korean squad probably summed up how Tottenham fans felt after the final whistle.

Just look at his face…

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