South Korea defeated Vietnam 3-1 to reach the final of the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia to boost Son Heung-min’s chances of avoiding compulsory military service.
Under South Korean law all men have to carry out 21 months of military service before the age of 28 and the Tottenham winger, who is 26, had been running out of time. However, an Olympic medal earns sportsmen an exemption, as does winning the Asian Games.
So if South Korea, the defending champions, can beat either Japan or United Arab Emirates in Saturday’s final, Son will be free to continue playing for Spurs and the national team.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 29, 2018
Son featured as a substitute in Tottenham’s opening Premier League win at Newcastle but has since been absent in order to take part in the tournament, where he played in Wednesday’s 3-1 semi-final win over Vietnam in Cibinong. Two goals from Lee Seung-woo and one from Hwang Ui-jo secured a comfortable victory.