Son Heung-min sends message to Mauricio Pochettino Asian Games win

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

Tottenham's Heung-Min Son will be exampt from carrying out military service after he captained South Korea to Asian Games gold with a 2-1 victory over Japan in the final.

South Korea dominated the opening half and saw Hwang Ui-jo waste a glorious chance to break the deadlock, and their profligacy continued after the restart.

The game against Japan went into extra-time before Lee Seungwoo and Hwang Hee Chan put South Korea 2-0 up.

The dam finally broke a few minutes into extra-time as substitute Lee Seung-woo of Hellas Verona collected a pass from Son and rocketed the ball into the top corner.

Japan's Ayase Ueda scored later from a header, but the Koreans held on, with a grinning Son embracing his teammates at the final whistle.

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According to national law, all men must do 21 months of duty before the age of 28. The Defense Ministry has pledged to reduce the term to 18 months by 2020. "We can win a gold medal against South Korea if we take them head-on with all our strength".

Heung-Min Son's reaction to winning the Asian Games has genuinely just given me goosebumps.

Son committed his future to Spurs before the this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation by signing a five-year deal to remain at the north London club.

Instead, he gets to avoid military service and continue his professional career in England.

Multiple petitions have been filed to the official Blue House website urging President Moon Jae-in to issue the football players an official exemption - the members of South Korea's 2002 squad, which surpassed expectations by reaching the tournament's semi finals, had their obligations waived. He is still banned from entering South Korea.

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