Son Heung-min's South Korea advance to the 2018 Asian Games final with a comfortable 3-1 win over Vietnam.
He would be exempted from mandatory military service - in which all able-bodied South Korean men must complete in 21 months - if his team win the competition.
Son is now representing his country at the Asian Games and if the team is successful, the squad will avoid having to take a break from their careers.
Lee stabbed in his second, and his team's third, 10 minutes after the interval before Vietnam pulled one back through a dipping free kick from Tran Minh Vuong with 20 minutes left.
Indonesian 12-year-old Bunga Nyimas won bronze in the street final behind Margie Didal of Philippines.
Elsewhere, South Korea claimed victory in two of the four judo finals held today with Jeong Bokyeong beating Japan's Ami Kondo in the women's under-48kg and An Baul defeating Japan's Joshiro Maruyama by ippon in the men's under-66kg.
South Korea ended the archery campaign on a winning note, grabbing three golds from the final three events, . but the overall feeling was disappointment.
After 352 finals, China had an nearly insurmountable lead in the medal standings with 101 golds and 217 overall.
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At the Asian Games in Indonesia, another under-23 tournament, Vietnam's so-called "Golden Stars" have reached the last four - and fans at home are getting excited.
A 3-1 win over Vietnam on Wednesday set up a final against Japan and there's plenty riding on the result.
The 2018 Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Asian Games and also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, is a pan-Asian multi-sport event.
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Japan and the UAE were playing later Wednesday.
Since women's handball was introduced at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, Korea has missed out on gold only once, in 2010.
The top two nations will clash in Saturday's gold medal game.