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

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

Failure to win gold could have been disastrous for Son's career as the multi-millionaire footballer faced swapping his tracksuit for a camouflage kit and 21 months of national service, compulsory for South Korean men.

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

But South Korea were the dominant side, with tournament top-scorer Hwang Ui-jo spurning several golden chances as Son regularly tormented Japan down the left.

Tottenham fans on Twitter are delighted that Son has won the Asian Games football tournament with South Korea. And when I see the people, the way they support me, I want to give something back.

The 26-year-old embarked on a mazy dribble three minutes into extra time before a heavy touch ran to Seung Woo-lee, the winger lashing home from inside the box.

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In a country where everyone must perform two years of military service before the age of 28, the only way for elite athletes to bypass this rule is to win gold in the Asian Games or the Olympics.

Another assist from a free kick would put the Koreans up 2-0, Son finding Hwang Hee-Chan who headed home superbly. "I'm really thankful to them". We worked so hard.

Son was selected to play at the 2014 Asian Games but his former club Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him - and the Koreans scooped gold.

In the quarter finals, South Korea came from behind to beat Uzbekistan 4-3 and Son couldn't bring himself to watch the decisive penalty; he had to turn the other way with his hands covering his face.

"At least 80 percent of the credit for that goal goes to the pass (from Watanabe), the only work I did was at the very end", Ueda said.

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