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South Korea wins Asian Games, Spurs’ Son avoids military service

Indonesia Asian Games Soccer

South Korea’s Son Heung-min, background duels for the ball against Japan’s Teruki Hara during the soccer men’s gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Bogor, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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Tottenham Hotspur Heung-min Son picked up two assists in extra time as South Korea defeated Japan to win the Asian Games Final on Saturday.

The victory crucially allows the South Korean side to avoid two years of military service.

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Seung-Woo Lee scored the first goal, with Son’s assist more of a missed touch, but the second goal came when the Spurs’ man’s free kick was headed home by Hwang Hee-chan.

Japan came close to equalizing, pulling one back through Ayase Ueda with four minutes remaining and then nearly poking one home via a goal mouth scramble.

Son and the Taegeuk Warriors looked gassed as the game approached regulation’s final whistle, but motivation is a powerful thing.

South Korean law states that all “able-bodied men” need to serve in the military, but exceptions are made for gold medalists from the Asian Games, or any medalist at the Olympics.

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