Son thanks ‘special’ Spurs as Asian gold spares him military duty

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Two minutes later, Korea scored a much-awaited goal when Lee Seung-woo, who came on from the bench, sent a screamer following a scrimmage inside Japan's penalty area. He immediately posed atop signage beside the field, celebrating his minute of glory.

Son Heung-min (centre) of South Korea poses with the gold medal.

South Korea opened the scoring, before netting another goal.

Not only that, but Son would register both assists in the extra-time triumph.

A late response by Japan's Ayase Ueda caused jangling nerves but Korea held out and the 20 members of their squad are now spared otherwise compulsory military service on grounds of sporting excellence.

To extend his impressive career in Europe without interruption, grabbing the gold at the 2018 Asian Games was the last chance for Son, whose military service postponement period was to end in 2019.

He represented South Korea at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but South Korea suffered a quarterfinals exit.

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Later on, in the live feed, Ryan screamed out: "F***ing get me out of here now!" Many are understood to focus on her reaction. Others criticised Roxanne for "belittling actual victims" of domestic abuse and for a trying to "ruin" Thomas' career.

After the the gold medal match, Son was still searching for words to describe his emotions.

South Korea has won seven Asiad medals in judo so far this year. "I think we deserved to win".

South Korea's center Park Ji-su had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while three other teammates, including North Korean star Ro Suk-yong delivered 17 points to secure at least a silver medal in Jakarta.

As expected, China swept all five gold medals in table tennis, including the two all-China singles finals on Saturday. Elsewhere, South Korea's baseball team defeated Japan 5-1 in the first super round game, inching closer to its third straight final appearance.

The Tottenham forward was apologetic for missing the start of the Premier League action to feature in the Under-23 tournament in Indonesia, but the club gave him permission to go knowing a gold medal would seal his release from mandatory service for his country.

Kazakhstan defeated Japan 8-7 to take the men's gold in water polo. In the 3rd-place playoff, Chinese Taipei defeated Qatar 3-1.

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