Tottenham star Son shines in South Korea's Asian Cup win against China

Tottenham star Son shines in South Korea's Asian Cup win against China

Tottenham star Son shines in South Korea's Asian Cup win against China

South Korea secured top spot in Group C of the 2019 Asian Cup with a convincing 2-0 win over China at the Al Nahyan Stadium.

This would be both the sides' first actual test in the continental showpiece as both Korea and China have registered two wins out of two from their previous matches.

Both sides had already qualified for the knockout stages.

Son Heung-min has arrived at the Asian Cup after missing South Korea's first two games while playing for Premier League club Tottenham.

"I'm a bit exhausted", said the South Korea captain, who had a hand in both goals.

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Son won the penalty in the 12th minute, his fleet footwork proving too much for Shi Ke to keep up with as the Chinese defender tripped him.

Kyrgyzstan must wait for other results to find out if that's enough for a place in the last 16. Hwang Ui-jo took the penalty, shooting hard into the lower-left corner just past goalkeeper Yan Junling's outstretched hand.

But the addition of the mercurial Son has clearly energised the 2015 runners-up, who suddenly look a very different proposition. It was the defender's second goal in as many games.

Kyrgyzstan beat the Philippines 3-1 to finish third in Group C, getting a hat trick from Vitalij Lux.

Iran, themselves looking to end a 43-year title drought, fired blanks in Dubai but still topped Group D on goal difference from Iraq after thrashing Yemen 5-0 and beating Vietnam 2-0.

The Filipino "street dogs" grabbed a late consolation through Stephan Schrock - their first-ever Asian Cup goal and one celebrated with gusto by their noisy fans.

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