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Asian Games: Slew of bronze as Games wind down

DREAM COME TRUE:South Korea’s Son Heung-min earned his five-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur by assisting both of the goals his team needed to win gold

By Kayleigh Madjar  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Her teammate Lim Yung-hui and coach Lee Moon-kyu said that the squad, which only came together days before the Games, did not have enough time to practice together.

“We could have gotten a gold medal... We tried our best,” Lim said.

In one of the most anticipated events of these Games, South Korea pulled out a dramatic win over Japan in the men’s soccer final in Cibinong, West Java, ensuring that Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min is to stave off military service.

All goals in the 2-1 result came after regulation, with Son assisting both Lee Seung-woo’s 93rd minute goal and Hwang Hee-chan’s 101st minute addition.

Japan’s Ayase Ueda answered with his own in the 115th minute, but the Blue Samurai were ultimately unable to equalize.

Asian Games gold ensures that Son will be exempted from serving his mandatory two-year military service in South Korea, and will be able to see out his new five-year deal with the Spurs.

Additional reporting by AFP

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