Relief……Son leads Korea to football gold, ‘no military service’

Mazino Dickson

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It was a happy adventure for Tottenham forward Son Heung-min after helping South Korea beat Japan 2-1 in the Asian Games football final; meaning he will now avoid compulsory military service.

Winning gold was the only automatic way for a South Korean footballer to be excused from a call-up.

And yes, his team bailed him out……only just!

The game against Japan went into extra-time before Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan put South Korea 2-0 up.

Ueda Ayase pulled one back but South Korea held on for a fifth title.

Had the result gone the other way, it would have meant Son substituting life in the English Premier League and UEFA champions league nights for a two-year stint in the Korean Armed Forces – fancy dropping your football boots for a long, unpredictable stay on the frontlines of the dreaded Demilitarized zone near the 48th parallel?

Instead Korean captain Son burst into tears at the final whistle after sprinting from the bench to embrace goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo.

Who says dreams don’t come true?

A profitable gamble, no doubt!