South Korea must beat Japan in Asian Games final if Tottenham’s Heung-min Son is to avoid national service

29 Aug

Having beaten Vietnam 3-1 in Indonesia, South Korea are one game away from winning the 2018 Asian Games.

The team are into the final, but must play Japan for the gold medal, a team that reached the last 16 of the World Cup.

Son is South Korea’s captain and will lead his team out against Japan in the Gold Medal match at the 2018 Asian Games

Tottenham fans will be watching closely on 1 September, as a win for South Korea earns Heung-min Son an exemption from his national service duties.

Son was allowed to compete in the tournament by Spurs with the intention of securing the victory needed to avoid a stint in the military.

Under Korean law, all men must do 21 months of National Service before their 28th birthday.

Son turned 26 in July, is able to earn his exemption if he wins either this year’s Asian Games or the 2019 Asian Cup.

The energetic forward, a £22million signing from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, has helped Spurs finish in the top four of the Premier League for the past three seasons.

Son’s previous club Bayer Leverkusen denied him the chance to play in the 2014 Asian Games, which South Korea won.

Japan won a lot of friends at the World Cup when their fans remained behind after games in Russia to clean up after themselves.

The team, meanwhile, were praised for leaving their changing room in immaculate condition following defeat to Belgium in the last 16, with a picture circulating on Twitter showing how spotless it was. There was even left note reading ‘thank you’ in Russian.