Chilean footballer Diego Valdes has copped the ultimate dose of karma on the football pitch, after South Korea’s Son Heung-Min absolutely humiliated him.
Valdes was slammed after he made a “racist” gesture prior to kick-off, and Son dished out an embarrassing nutmeg to bring him down to earth.
The photo of Valdes making a derogatory gesture with his eyes went viral on social media just hours earlier, initiating a racism controversy.
Valdes was slammed for his disrespectful gesture by fans on social media, after South Korean media widely circulated the image.
The Chile international was also forced to apologise for creating the outrage ahead of the international friendly fixture.
Really weak response from Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda when asked at today's press conference about Diego Valdes' racist gesture in a photo with South Korean fans: "Are we going to talk about football or things not related to football?"
No word yet on any potential punishment. pic.twitter.com/hq5Z8V1anw
— Matias Grez (@matias_grez) September 10, 2018
“In relation to the photograph that has appeared on social media, it was never my intention to offend and I offer my apologies to anyone that could have been offended,” Valdes, who plays for Mexican club Monarcas Morelia, wrote on social media.
Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda refused to comment when asked in the media conference ahead of the game at Suwon World Cup Stadium south of Seoul.
“This is a press conference to talk about soccer,” Rueda said.
“I am not here to talk about things not related to soccer.”
Arturo Vidal and Diego Valdes missed fantastic chances as Chile failed to break down South Korea, playing out a 0-0 draw in Tuesday’s friendly.
Barcelona midfielder Vidal last week issued a strong denial following reports he has suffered a knee injury, telling the media: “I heard a lot of things and they’re all lies.”
Vidal was fit enough to start for Chile in Suwon, playing 74 minutes in a tight contest with the 2018 Asian Games winners.
He should have broken the deadlock in the second half, firing a volley from the edge of the six-yard box over when it looked easier to score.
South Korea captain Son Heung-min saw his cross headed narrowly wide by Jang Hyun-soo in the 68th minute, their best chance since Hwang Ui-jo forced a first-half save from Gabriel Arias.
Arias denied Ki Sung-yueng and in stoppage time a loose pass from Jang sent Valdes through on goal, the attacking midfielder taking the ball past goalkeeper Kim Jin-hyeon but screwing his finish over.
Son Heung-Min wins Asian Games to avoid military service
Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min was beaming from ear to ear after winning an exemption from almost two years of military service by leading South Korea to Asian Games gold.
The defending champions beat Japan 2-1 after extra time in steamy Cibinong, West Java as Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored the goals that will allow 26-year-old Son to see out his new five-year deal with Spurs.
A late header from Ayase Ueda gave South Korea an almighty fright, but they survived a nervous last few moments to capture a record fifth Asian Games title.
Korean captain Son, substituted in the dying seconds to buy precious time, sprinted from the bench to embrace goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, sobbing tears of joy as they rolled on the turf together.
“This is the best day in my life,” Son told AFP, 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. Of course when I see the people support me, I want to give something back and 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.
His tears after South Korea’s quarter-final defeat by Honduras at the 2016 Rio Olympics melted hearts, and thousands offered to do double their own military service in an online petition if Son could be pardoned.
“My players fought to the very end,” said Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu. “They showed real spirit and can be proud of themselves. They will be stronger for it at the Tokyo Olympics.”
Victory at the Asian Games means South Korean captain Son Heung-min will be able to see out his new five-year deal with Spurs