9/2/2018 5:32:25 PM (GMT+3)

This is the best present for my life, says Son after winning football gold

This is the best present for my life, says Son after winning football gold

CIBINONG, Indonesia: South Korea’s Son Heung-Min paid hailed his team-mates and English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur after he led his country to Asian Games gold on Saturday.

The defending champions beat Japan 2-1 after extra time with Lee Seung-Woo and Hwang Hee-Chan scoring the goals.

A late header from Ayase Ueda gave Korea an almighty fright, but they survived a nervous last few moments to capture a record fifth Asian Games title.

“This is the best day in my life," Son said, clutching his gold medal.

“I'm so proud of my team-mates, they fought for 120 minutes. But without the Korean people behind us we couldn't win this tournament.

“When I see people support me, I want to give something back. This is the best present for my life.”

The Koreans dominated the final, but wasted several decent opportunities before substitute Lee broke the deadlock by smashing a left-foot shot into the roof of the net three minutes into extra time.

Son delivered a free-kick for Hwang to ram home a towering header eight minutes later, before Ueda's goal triggered late drama.

Spurs released their forward to compete as one of three permitted over-age players in the U-23 tournament.

“I'm so grateful to Tottenham because they let me come here," grinned Son.

“Normally that's not an easy decision. I would have felt very sorry if I didn't win the gold medal," he added.

“I really thank the coaching staff and players. I'll continue to work hard for Tottenham when I return,”