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

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

The game was goalless after 90 minutes meaning it went to extra-time but South Korea quickly took the lead thanks to Lee Seung-Woo in the 93rd minute.

A late header from Ayase Ueda gave South Korea an almighty fright, but they survived a nervous last few moments to capture a record fifth Asian Games title.

Son was part of the South Korea team that won against Japan in the Asian Games football final on Saturday.

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

The Asian Games is actually an Under-23 tournament, but Son captained the team as one of Korea's three permitted "senior" players.

Heung-Min Son was allowed to miss Tottenham's last few matches to compete in the tournament
Heung-Min Son was allowed to miss Tottenham's last few matches to compete in the tournament

In the 101st minute, Hawang Hee Chan headed home Son's corner to make it 2-0. Son dribbled in the penalty area and knocked the ball to avoid a defender, allowing teammate Lee Seungwoo to run onto it and drill it into the net.

"Tottenham have supported me so much and that means a lot to me", he said. "I would have felt very sorry if I didn't win the gold medal", he added.

The South Korean is 26-years-old, and men in the country are required to serve a compulsory twenty-one months in the military before the age of 28. "I'm really thankful to them". "I'll continue to work hard for Tottenham when I return".

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

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. "They showed real spirit and can be proud of themselves".