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Heung-min Son ‘feels sorry’ for second Spurs absence

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Heung-Min Son has left Tottenham Hotspur for international duty, and he’s apologizing to Spurs fans and his team.

Son, 26, has been playing very well lately, and is leaving the team later this month to take part in the Asian Cup after leading South Korea to gold at the 2018 Asian Games earlier this year.

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That title means he won’t have to do mandatory military service in his home country. This one’s just about silverware for South Korea’s captain, even if it’s getting in the way of Spurs’ chase for trophies.

“I feel sorry for my team-mates, the fans and the coaching staff. It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country. I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”

Expect Mauricio Pochettino to deploy Son regularly over Spurs’ next three matches (FA Cup at Tranmere, League Cup semi first leg vs. Chelsea, Premier League v. Manchester United).

Son has 11 goals and 7 assists in all competitions this year and would be on pace for another 20-goal campaign if not for international duty. He has eight goals and five assists in his last nine Premier League games, including markers against Chelsea and Arsenal (Add a ninth goal if you want to include the League Cup quarterfinal against the Gunners).

Chinese player scores nine goals in 29 minutes

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This has to be some kind of record, right?

China’s national women’s team beat Tajikistan 16-0 in the Asian Games earlier this week and Wang Shanshan scored nine times after coming off the bench in the 56th minute. Shanshan scored her first goal in the 64th minute and scored three times in stoppage time to complete her triple hat-trick.

That’s right, she scored nine times in less than 29 minutes.

Tajikistan lost 16-0 to North Korea and 6-1 to Hong Kong in their other Group B games to finish bottom of the group with a goal difference of -37, while China finished top of the group and will play Thailand in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

If you are having a bad day, spare a thought for Tajikistan goalkeeper Saiyora Saidova who conceded 32 goals in 180 minutes of action before being benched for their final group game against Hong Kong. 

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It’s safe to say the marking at the Asian Games is a step down from both the Premier League and World Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur star Heung-Min Son scored the only goal of the game as South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan on Monday to keep its gold medal hopes alive at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

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Son did not start the first two group stage matches as South Korea battered Bahrain and lost to Malaysia, and getting a win over Monday’s opponents means a tricky Round of 16 match against Iran.

A loss would likely have Son back in England for Spurs’ next match, a big early test against Manchester United at Old Trafford.