Asian games: Iran claims gold in volleyball

Gold medallists Iran's men volleyball team celebrate during medals award celebration at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta

The medal won by the unified Korean team on Saturday's final will be awarded to neither South nor North Korea, ... instead it will be awarded to "Korea".

The winger could well make his return for Spurs after the worldwide break when they host Liverpool in two week's time or in their Champions League opener against Inter Milan.

This was the first time that South Korea and their archrivals Japan had gone head-to-head in the men's football final at the Asian Games.

"I've got the gold medal around my neck but it really belongs to the Korean people", he said. His late header halved the deficit, but a Son-inspired South Korea held out for victory.

"I've said a few harsh words, but they didn't take it personally and instead figured out what they had to do", Son said.

In the 2018 Asian games, Iran have won the volleyball gold medal, after beating South Korea in straight sets in the final, in Jakarta.

Son Heung-min to avoid military duty as South Korea win Asian Games

"Normally that's not an easy decision".

Despite knocking champions Germany out of this year's World Cup - before themselves crashing out in the group stages - South Korea's senior football team were not adjudged to have done enough to escape the service. "I would have felt very sorry if I didn't win the gold medal", he added.

Japan is fielding an Under-21 team that is expected to form the core of the Tokyo 2020 U-23 Olympic side, while a gold for South Korea would give its players a prized exemption from the country's mandatory military service.

Defeat for South Korea would have seen Son - who turned 26 last month - lose another of a dwindling number of chances to avoid military service before the age of 28. "I'll continue to work hard for Tottenham when I return".

And as you might expect, the win went down especially well with Spurs fans who were dreading losing the dynamic player who has become such a favourite in recent years.

The same thing happened in the 2014 tournament, though Son, playing for Bayer Leverkusen at the time, was not released by his club. "They will be stronger for it at the Tokyo Olympics".

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