The Spurs man featured as his side beat Japan 2-1 after extra time
Tottenham’s Heung-min Son will be able to see out his contract in North London without departing to complete military service in his homeland.
The South Korean striker was initially meant to return home at the age of 28 for 21 months of duty to his nation.
However, he won an exemption on Saturday as part of South Korea’s victorious under-23s side in the Asian Games – he is one of three over-age players allowed in the squad.
Son’s side won 2-1 after extra time thanks to goals from Lee Seung-Woo and Hwang Hee-Chan.
A 115th minute consolation from Ayase Ueda wasn’t even to bring the Japanese back into the match.
South Korea’s entire squad will now be able to pursue their footballing dreams across the world without threat of a military return.