Son doesn't have to attend military service

N. Korea slams US for ‘hostile’ steps & ‘covert operations’ behind curtain of dialogue

N. Korea slams US for ‘hostile’ steps & ‘covert operations’ behind curtain of dialogue

The 26-year-old featured in South Korea's 2-1 extra time victory on Saturday night as goals from Lee Seungwoo and Hwang Heechan saw them lift the trophy.

Perhaps guilty of switching off given the comfortable margin, South Korea conceded to Ueda at the death. Bringing in gold meant automatic exclusion from mandatory enlistment duty, a law that also applies to South Korean sportsmen with medals won at the Olympic Games.

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

Son Heung-Min is free to resume playing long-term with Tottenham Hotspur. "Of course when I see the people support me, I want to give something back and this is the best present for my life".

Son, who captained South Korea as one of the over-aged players in the under-23 competition, had a role in both goals.

After a goalless 90 minutes, three goals were scored in extra time.

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In the 101st minute, Hawang Hee Chan headed home Son's corner to make it 2-0.

"Normally that's not an easy decision".

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.

His tears after South Korea's quarter-final defeat by Honduras at the 2016 Rio Olympics melted hearts, and thousands offered to do double their own military service in an online petition if Son could be pardoned.

South Korea beat neighbours North Korea to take gold in 2014 but Son was not in the squad as his club at the time - Bayer Leverkusen - exercised their right to refuse his release.

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

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