Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min closer to military exemption


Son Heung-min's South Korea advance to the 2018 Asian Games final with a comfortable 3-1 win over Vietnam.

Almost every able-bodied South Korean male is required to carry out 21 months of military service before the age of 28, although the government rewards Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any colour with an exemption. Failing that, the 26-year-old Son would have to report for duty within the next couple of years.

The good thing for the women's team was that they improved on their bronze won in Incheon Asian Games four years ago. So seriously he didn't stay up to watch a live broadcast of his Tottenham teammates beating Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford earlier this week.

"They are really a well-coached team, the players are smart and really physical, but undersized".

South Korea wouldn't come nearer than 10 points.

"I'm trying to pass on my knowledge and football philosophy to this team", Park said of his strategy with Vietnam.

"Back then (in 2002) I was an assistant coach, but now I'm a head coach", Park said after Vietnam's quarterfinal win over Syria set up a semifinal match against the South Koreans.

Wang Kaihua won the men's 20-kilometer walk in 1 hour, 22 minutes, 4 seconds.

Abad placed third in the pencak silat men's single division finishing behind Indonesia's Sugianto and Thailand's Ilyas Sadara.

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Nyimas upgraded to bronze in the later street final behind Margie Didal of Philippines and Isa.

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Hwang Ui-jo, the tournament's leading scorer, completed his hat-trick to equalize at 3-3 and take the game into extra time before Hwang Heechan slotted home a penalty with two minutes remaining.

Korea beat China 29-23 in the final in Jakarta on Thursday to win its seventh all-time Asiad gold medal.

Let's give you the latest from Jakarta and Palembang - the host cities for the 2018 Asian Games.

Philippine delegation head Richard Gomez said he is proud of the athletes' performance in the Asian Games. The current squad proves out to be the dream team for Indian Table Tennis creating history one after another putting their best foot forward be it Asian Games, Cwgs or World Championships.

Japan and the UAE were playing later Wednesday.

The top two nations will clash in Saturday's gold medal game.

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