Son Heung-min could try to stop scoring goals, but the on-fire Tottenham Hotspur striker would probably only fail to do so given the rich vein of form he’s enjoyed at the start of the 2016-17 season.
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Beginning with a brace against Stoke City on Sept. 10, the 24-year-old attacker has scored five times in six games for Tottenham, assisting on two more, and on Thursday saw that very goal-scoring form carry over from club to country.
With Thursday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier between South Korea and Qatar tied at 2-2 just before the hour mark — South Korea had come back from 2-1 down just two minutes earlier — Son bagged the game-winning goal (below video) to send the Reds top of Group A. The top two finishing teams in each third-round group qualify automatically to the World Cup in Russia, with the two third-place finishing sides facing off in the fourth-round playoff for Asia’s place in the inter-confederation play-off against CONCACAF’s representative.
Son would do very well for himself to continue replicating his standout performances for Spurs while on international duty. At 24, he currently has less than four years before he must enlist for 21 months of mandatory military service for his native country. Special exemptions have been made in the past for national team athletes who have either won, reached the semifinals, or medaled at major international tournaments, something Son has not yet done in his career and has just two more chances to achieve — 2018 World Cup and 2018 Asian Games — prior to his 28th birthday.