South Korea star Son Heung-min has described their success as the 2018 Asian Games men's football event gold medallists as the best moment of his life.
The South Korea U-23 team on Saturday defended their gold medal with a 2-1 win over Japan U-23, in the final match that was held at the Pakansari Stadium,West Java, Indonesia.
Although the Japanese frustrated the Taegeuk Warriors to force the match into extra-time after regulation time had ended goalless, the Tottenham Hotspur star dug deep and instigated two goals in the first extra time, goals that were scored by Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan.
"We scored two goals before conceding one, which is a good lesson for me on how things can quickly change in football," said Son after the match.
"When I saw all our fans waving the country's flag after the match, I felt very grateful."
The win has also earned the 26-year old, one of the three overaged players on the squad, an exemption from serving in the country's military service, and he rightfully appreciates his teammates' perseverance when things were not going their way in the clash.
"I might have said a few harsh words to my teammates, but they did not take it the wrong way as they knew what needed to be done.
"The team comprises good men and quality players. We are hungry and eager for success, and this was what carried us to the top," he remarked.
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