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WATCH: Son sends South Korea to Asian Games knockout rounds

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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.

WATCH: Spurs’ Son scores sensational consolation goal for South Korea

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South Korea has not had a good World Cup, but the Taegeuk Warriors have a fine goal for their tournament highlight reel.

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Tottenham Hotspur star Heung-Min Son was frustrated by Mexico’s stifling defense for most of the day, but El Tri had little hope of stopping his stoppage time stunner.

Son took a lay-off and then used a pick into his yard of space to rip into a shot in the third minute of extra time.

South Korea must hope for Germany to beat Sweden, then for Mexico to beat Sweden while it beats Germany and builds goals for tiebreakers.

As unlikely as that is, at least Son had this moment.

VAR, Granqvist penalty lead Sweden over South Korea

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On Day 5 of the World Cup, VAR took center stage once again.

Referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador made the trek over to the video monitor in the 63rd minute after a no-call on a South Korea challenge in its own box, eventually reversing his decision and giving Sweden a penalty kick. Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up and sent his side in front before holding on for a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Monday morning in Nizhny Novgorod.

With the win, Sweden is joint top of Group F with Mexico on three points.

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The key moment in the match took place in the 62nd minute, as Sweden’s Viktor Claesson got his foot on a loose ball first before South Korea’s Kim Min-woo went through Claesson to clear the ball away.

Aguilar initially waved the penalty claim away, but after about 20 seconds and a word from his assistant referees in his ear, Aguilar made the sign for VAR and ran over to take a second look. Around 20-30 seconds later, Aguilar reversed his decision, awarding the Swedes a penalty.

Granqvist, who plays his club football for FC Krasnodar in Russia, stepped up to the spot and with veteran poise, sent Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way for the 1-0 lead.

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Sweden had chances in the first half to get on the board. Marcus Berg was alone on goal in the 20th minute but Hyun-woo stuck out a leg and deflected it away. Another chance from Berg led to another save from Hyun-woo as he kept South Korea in the match.

Following Sweden’s goal, Sweden sat deep and allowed Heung-Min Son to find space on the wings, where South Korea set up numerous half-chances. But the final pass was just missing, and Sweden was able to clear the ball out of the box on numerous occasions, holding on to victory.

It’s a big win for Sweden, which will face an angry and pumped up Germany side coming off a loss in its first match. Meanwhile, South Korea looks to rebound against Mexico, with its spirits higher than the clouds.

WATCH: Heung-min Son unleashes fireball vs. Honduras

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Heung-Min Son finally gets his chance to play the in-focus starring role this summer, free from the delightful but over-shadowing talents of the Tottenham Hotspur attack.

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Son, 25, scored 12 goals with six assists in Premier League play this season, adding another six and five across cup competitions. Only Harry Kane netted more goals for Spurs than Son.

He scored another wonderful goal as South Korea beat Honduras 2-0 on Monday, as the Taegeuk Warriors prepare for a difficult World Cup Group F with Germany, Mexico, and Sweden.

What a sweet strike.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Newcastle United: Top Four achieved

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  • Kane scores
  • Spurs four clear of fifth
  • Newcastle still 10th
  • Spurs out shot 14-11

Harry Kane‘s second half goal led Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United, clinching a Top Four spot on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.

Spurs are two points ahead of fourth place Liverpool, and four clear of fifth place Chelsea.

Newcastle remains 10th with 41 points.

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The first half saw the sides trade dangerous free kicks, and the Magpies had plenty of chances to score on the day before finding the losing end.

First Martin Dubravka leapt to deny Spurs’ Christian Eriksen, followed by Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey beating Hugo Lloris and Spurs’ wall, but not the goal post.

Kane put Spurs again — of course he did — when he flicked a beauty home following a move with Heung-Min Son.

Dubravka stopped Danny Rose in the 90th minute to keep the visitors’ dim hopes alive.

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