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Leicester’s fast start continues as James Maddison sinks Spurs with late stunner

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Leicester have not been bashful about their lofty ambitions for this season and they certainly have no reason to lower their sights after emerging from this high-class showdown with maximum points. This was a rollicking contest featuring fast and muscular action, an extraordinary goal by Harry Kane, two dramatic interventions by VAR, a terrific equaliser by Ricardo Pereira and, finally, a late strike by James Maddison that can only do Leicester good as they strive to upset the Premier League’s established order again.

“We have to be seen as one of those top sides,” said Maddison. “Nobody will want to come to this place when it’s rocking like this. If you look at our performances at Chelsea and Manchester United, we came away shaking our heads in disappointment because we didn’t get what we deserved. We’re showing we’re a big threat now.”

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Problems for Pochettino’s Spurs

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Ben Chilwell clipped a forward pass down the line and Hamza Choudhury seized upon the loose ball. He squared it for James Maddison and the Leicester playmaker did the rest, firing a shot from distance beyond Paolo Gazzaniga. From one down - briefly two down before VAR intervened - Leicester had seized an improbable victory and their fans lapped it up.

Poch: Spurs were fantastic

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Mauricio Pochettino praised Tottenham's performance despite losing another lead in their 2-1 defeat to Leicester.

Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: Premier League – as it happened

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James Maddison’s delightful late goal settled a brilliant game that included an extraordinary finish from Harry Kane

2.35pm BST

That’s it for today’s blog. I’ll leave you with Paul Doyle’s match report from the King Power Stadium, and John Brewin’s bumper clockwatch. Bye!

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2.29pm BST

Here’s James Maddison

“We are a top side now – I think we have to be seen as one of those top sides. Nobody will want to come to this place when it’s rocking like this. If you look at our performances at Chelsea and United, we came away shaking our heads in disappointment because we didn’t get what we deserved. We’re showing we’re a big threat now.

2.26pm BST

That was great fun. Harry Kane scored an extraordinary goal to give Spurs the lead. Ricardo Pereira equalised from close range and then James Maddison scored a delightful late winner. He is going places; so are Leicester.

2.25pm BST

Peep peep! Leicester move up to second in the table, at least for a couple of hours, after a stirring comeback victory. It was a fine game between two excellent sides, but Leicester just about deserved to win after an excellent second-half performance.

2.22pm BST

90+4 min Leicester look reasonably comfortable, despite the inevitable late pressure from Spurs.

2.21pm BST

90+3 min Maddison is still out there but he can’t run. That’s a worry, especially if it’s an ankle ligament injury.

2.18pm BST

90+1 min There will be six minutes of added time.

2.18pm BST

90 min The impressive Soyuncu makes a couple of important interceptions, one with his head and one with his left foot. Brendan Rodgers is developing a really fine young side.

2.17pm BST

89 min Maddison is limping heavily. He’s going to continue, though, as Leicester have used all their substitutes.

2.17pm BST

88 min Maddison has a problem with his left ankle. He landed awkwardly while trying to play a through pass, and is receiving treatment.

2.15pm BST

87 min Lucas Moura replaces Ndombele for Spurs.

2.15pm BST

The most exciting young player in England gives Leicester the lead with a superb goal. Choudhury played a short pass to Maddison 25 yards from goal; he took two quick touches to set humself up and then belted a low, curling shot that snaked past the diving Gazzaniga and into the corner. That’s a lovely goal.

2.13pm BST

A brilliant goal from James Maddison!

2.13pm BST

84 min Leicester make their last substitution: Youri Tielemans off, Hamza Choudhury on.

2.12pm BST

84 min “Hi Rob,” says Andrew Buddery. “I thought VAR was supposed to eliminate clear and obvious errors, not make them.”

2.12pm BST

83 min Gray is booked straight away for a studs-up lunge on Rose. That could have been a red card. Just before that, Kane shot too close to Schmeichel after a nice Spurs move.

2.10pm BST

82 min A Leicester substitution: Demarai Gray replaces Harvey Barnes.

2.10pm BST

82 min Rose’s cross clears everyone in the middle and comes to Aurier beyond the far post. He takes a touch and lashes a low shot that goes well wide of the far post. That was a good chance.

2.09pm BST

80 min “Of all the valid complaints against VAR, offsides isn’t one of them,” says Mary Waltz. “He. Was. Offside. Yes, by less than an inch.”

But how does VAR judge when the ball is played? The split-second between the ball touching the foot and then leaving it makes all the difference. I’d like to see how that works before I trust it on such tight decisions.

2.07pm BST

79 min Erik Lamela is replaced by Christian Eriksen.

2.07pm BST

79 min Son quickens the pace, skinning Tielemans and hitting a dangerous cross that is palmed away by Schmeichel. Evans completes the clearance. Moments later, Kane misses with an attempted overhead kick.

2.06pm BST

77 min The Leicester fans are making a fair old noise. It does feel like the kind of game that will have a late winner, although I’m not sure who will get it.

2.02pm BST

74 min “The Son offside call on VAR,” says Sandile Xaso. “This cannot be our sport, this cannot be right.”

You’re right: it’s not right, and it’s not our sport any more.

2.01pm BST

73 min Leicester are pushing for a winner. Maddison threads a nice pass down the inside-right channel to Vardy, who bullets a rising drive just past the angle of post and bar. I think Gazzaniga had it covered.

1.59pm BST

Yep, this one counts. The move was started by Barnes, who found Vardy on the left side of the penalty area. His cross deflected off Alderweireld and fell perfectly for Ricardo, whose close-range shot hit the sliding Rose and beat Gazzaniga.

1.57pm BST

Leicester are level!

1.55pm BST

67 min A substitution apiece: Praet for Perez, Wanyama for Sissoko.

1.55pm BST

VAR has decided that Son was 0.0000001 centimetres offside in the build-up.

1.54pm BST

There’s a VAR check for offside against Son.

1.53pm BST

Leicester will feel they’ve been mugged. Soyuncu made a fine tackle on Son in the box, but Kane picked up the loose ball and found Aurier in space on the edge of the area. He controlled the ball and lashed a shot that took a slight deflection before spinning past Schmeichel.

1.52pm BST

A goal was coming - but it’s Spurs who have scored it!

1.51pm BST

63 min It feels like a Leicester goal is coming, and Chilwell wins another corner on the left.

1.50pm BST

62 min Barnes shifts the ball to the side of Aurier and hammers a low cross that flashes right across the face of goal.

1.49pm BST

60 min Barnes heads wide from eight yards. It was a difficult chance, because Ricardo’s lofted cross had no pace on it at all. But the build-up play was lovely, particularly Maddison’s control in a phonebox as he pulled down Perez’s pass from the right.

1.46pm BST

58 min: Son misses an excellent chance! Spurs broke from the Leicester corner and should probably have gone 2-0 ahead. Winks, on the left, played an angled through pass to find Son in the area, but he dragged a left-footed shot wide of the far post.

1.45pm BST

57 min: Good save from Gazzaniga! Tielemans slipped a through pass to Vardy, who surged into the area and hit a left-footed shot across goal. The sliding Vertonghen took some of the heat out of the shot, having done brilliantly to stay with Vardy, and Gazzaniga dived to his left to push it away. Rose completed the job by putting the loose ball behind for a corner.

1.44pm BST

56 min Here’s Ian Copestake. “As a chant in response to Leicester fans’ implying ref bias, I am not sure if ‘Paul Tierney’s done really well, in very difficult circumstances’ will scan.”

I can add a few effs and cees if you think it will help.

1.43pm BST

55 min Son finds Lamela in a bit of space on the edge of the D. He takes a touch and then, as defenders converge, whips a shot over the bar.

1.41pm BST

53 min Maddison’s corner is headed away by Lamela.

1.40pm BST

52 min Tielemans wins a corner after a nice run down the inside-left channel. Leicester look much sharper than they did towards the end of the first half.

1.38pm BST

50 min Leicester have started the second half really well. After a nice move down the left, Chilwell’s early cross is just too far in front of Vardy.

1.34pm BST

46 min Barnes beats Aurier on the left of the area and hits a shot that is headed away by Alderweireld. Ndidi’s follow-up dribbles wide.

1.33pm BST

46 min Peep peep! Leicester begin the second half.

1.25pm BST

“Was the VAR decision correct?” says Liam. “They looked at the moment when the shot was struck but if you watch it again none of the Leicester strikers followed the shot they ran back to get onside and then ran in. If this is correct will a goal scored by a keeper be disallowed because a striker near the halfway line was offside?”

Yeah, it was the correct decision. Perez had an advantage by being in an offside position, because he was able to get to the loose ball before the Leicester defenders. Thus it counts as the same phase of play. At least I think that’s the logic. To be honest, I’ve given up trying to understand how football works in a post-VAR world.

1.23pm BST

“Some half-time thoughts on Spurs: while the pundits want to declare the Pochettino project in decline, as a fan I see them as trying to maintain a high level whilst navigating a transition,” says Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo. “The thinness of the squad showed cracks as they made their turn at the end of last season. Now, almost the entire defence and some of the midfield (Sissoko/Eriksen) needs to be replaced in the short and mid-term. Despite all this, when they’re trailing in a game you can never count them out of the game. That resilience is probably Poch’s biggest achievement and hopefully will transcend even his time with the club.”

Is the squad that thin? I think the problem – in terms of catching City and Liverpool – is the first XI rather than the back-up. They’re still the third best team in England, though, which is only a slight decline from 2015-17.

1.22pm BST

Half-time reading

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1.20pm BST

Peep peep! Spurs lead through a unique goal from Harry Kane. See you in 10 minutes for the second half!

1.14pm BST

43 min “Lamela’s got that no-look look on,” says Jeremy Dresner. “A very fun player to watch when he is passing like this.”

That he is. I love the way he hugs the ball on his left foot.

1.11pm BST

41 min Lamela, who has had so much space between the centre-backs and Ndidi, surges forward and finds Kane on the right of the box. His left-footed shot is surprisingly tame and Schmeichel makes an easy save.

1.09pm BST

39 min Perez, found by Tielemans, thrashes a shot towards the near post that is beaten around the post by Gazzaniga.

1.08pm BST

37 min “Lightning quick beautiful goal,” says Mary Waltz. “How did Kane do that?!!”

Instinct, the footballer’s best friend.

1.03pm BST

33 min Ricardo Pereira shoots a few yards wide from distance. Gazzaniga had it covered.

1.02pm BST

31 min Lamela finds Kane, who drags a low shot well wide from the edge of the area. That goal, though. It reminded me a little bit of Gianluca Vialli’s incredible sliding header against Bari in 1991-92.

1.01pm BST

What a stunning piece of improvisation. Son, found by Lamela, moved to the edge of the area and backheeled the ball into the path of the onrushing Kane. He was bumped by Soyuncu, which meant he was off balance as he dragged the ball past the last man Evans. By the time Kane was in a position to shoot he was in the process of falling flat on his face. Yet he still had the awareness and ability to chop down on the ball, stunning it into the ground so that it bounced over Schmeichel’s shoulder and into the net. That’s an astonishing goal.

12.59pm BST

What a goal from Harry Kane!

12.59pm BST

28 min That’s better from Perez, who drags an angled through pass to Vardy on the left side of the box. His low cross-shot ricochets across the six-yard box and eventually behind for a goalkick.

12.56pm BST

26 min A hideous touch from Perez, who looks low on confidence, ruins a promising Leicester break.

12.55pm BST

25 min Perez is down after being caught in the face by a flailing arm from Rose. It was accidental.

12.52pm BST

22 min “You’re not fit to referee” chant the Leicester fans. Paul Tierney’s done really well, I think, in very difficult circumstances.

12.51pm BST

21 min Rose goes over in the area after a challenge from Evans, and Paul Tierney turns down Spurs’ penalty appeals. There was definitely contact, although I think Rose ran into Evans.

12.49pm BST

19 min Sissoko definitely won the ball, although he cleaned Maddison out in his follow through. I think he slipped as well, which made it look even worse. Some people would have given a red card; others wouldn’t have even given a free-kick.

12.49pm BST

18 min Sissoko is booked. I’d like to see that again. The Leicester players went ballistic, and he absolutely wiped Maddison out. The Leicester fans are chanting ‘VAR’.

12.48pm BST

18 min Sissoko could be off here. He’s absolutely flattened Maddison, an old-fashioned man-and-ball tackle.

12.47pm BST

A Leicester corner was half-cleared to Tielemans, whose stinging shot was fumbled by Gazzaniga. That led to a scramble in the six-yard box involving Perez, among others, before Ndidi scored from close range. Replays showed that Perez was offside when Tielemans had the original shot, and so the goal was disallowed.

12.47pm BST

Yes, it’s offside.

12.46pm BST

Hang on, this could be VARed.

12.46pm BST

Ndidi scores after a mistake from Gazzaniga!

12.45pm BST

15 min: Gazzaniga saves from Maddison! It was a gorgeous, twinkle-toed run from Maddison, who danced past Winks and then Alderweireld in the area before hitting a low shot from a tight angle that was kicked behind by Gazzaniga.

12.44pm BST

13 min Nice play from Maddison, who moves classily past Sissoko and reaches the edge of the area before trying a curling shot that goes a few yards away.

12.43pm BST

12 min Not for the first time, Aurier wasted a promising position with a poor cross. Spurs are playing well, though, and have had 71 per cent of the possession so far.

12.41pm BST

11 min Soyuncu, in his own area, sits Aurier on his backside with a confident turn. The crowd enjoyed that.

12.38pm BST

8 min Maddison’s inswinging corner is headed on at the near post by Evans and flashes right across the six-yard box.

12.37pm BST

7 min Lamela has had a lot of the ball in the first few minutes. Both attacks look really sharp, and Vardy scurries down the left to win the first corner.

12.34pm BST

4 min Both sides are full of attacking intent. It’s been a brilliant start to the game.

12.33pm BST

3 min Now Kane tries his luck with a disguised shot from 25 yards. Schmeichel moves smartly across his line and does well to hold on to the shot.

12.32pm BST

3 min At the other end, Son shoots just wide of the far post from a tight angle. It’s been a cracking start to the game.

12.32pm BST

2 min Beautiful play from Leicester. Tielemans plays a sharp pass infield towards Barnes, who runs over the ball and allows it to run to Maddison. He plays it first time through to Barnes, who is caught in two minds - shoot or control - and ends up poking a fairly tame shot at Gazzaniga from 15 yards.

12.30pm BST

2 min “Always good to be committed to a grumble and get it in early,” says Jeremy Dresner. “Why are Spurs after returning from a cauldron on a hot day in Greece on Wednesday night playing the early game on Saturday? Is the role of the FA to maintain fairness or protect the players? Either way it seems remiss of them.”

I think the TV fixtures were chosen before the Champions League draw, although I take your point. Does an extra two and a half hours really make much difference? I failed my GCSE in Footballer Knack, so I’m not sure.

12.30pm BST

1 min Peep peep! Spurs, in white, kick off from right to left. Leicester are in blue.

12.26pm BST

The players are in the tunnel. It’s a beautiful day in Leicester, and this has the whiff of a cracker.

12.22pm BST

“Spurs are fourth,” says Simon Betterton, “and they’re closer to the bottom than the top!”

That’s a great spot. They’re six points above Watford and seven behind Liverpool.

11.36am BST

Some pre-match reading

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11.35am BST

Spurs are without Hugo Lloris, whose wife has just given birth, so Paulo Gazzaniga starts.

Leicester City (4-1-4-1) Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Perez, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.
Substitutes: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton, Choudhury, Praet.

10.43am BST

Hello. Leicester might be the most intriguing team in the Premier League. They have a posse of brilliant young players and are the most likely team to break the sexopoly that has been in place since Leicester won the whole goddamn thing four seasons ago.

Early days and all that, but they are level on points with Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United after five games. A statement victory today, against a Spurs team whose behaviour of late has been a bit odd, would reinforce the feeling that they are ready to damage the glass ceiling.

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Late Maddison strike sinks Spurs

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James Maddison's fine late strike saw Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 in a game filled with more VAR drama.

Premier League fixtures & scores

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Roy Keane joins Sky Sports

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Rodgers: I wouldn't swap Kane for Vardy

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insists he would not swap Jamie Vardy for Harry Kane.

Poch: This squad not the best I've had

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Mauricio Pochettino is unsure his current Tottenham squad is the best he has ever had – but will reserve final judgement until the end of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino not convinced Tottenham squad has improved

Guardian - fre, 20/09/2019 - 23:30

• ‘If we win trophies, we can talk about this being best squad’
• Spurs manager may make changes for the trip to Leicester

Mauricio Pochettino is not convinced the squad he has this season is the best since he arrived at Tottenham in 2014 despite a net summer spend of around £120m.

Kieran Trippier was the only first-team regular to leave, with Spurs having notably added the £55m club-record signing Tanguy Ndombélé, Giovano Lo Celso on a loan which commits the club to a permanent deal at about £60m at the end of the season, and Ryan Sessegnon. Pochettino, asked whether this is the best squad he has had, said time would tell.

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Leicester vs Tottenham preview

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Team news, key stats and predictions ahead of Leicester vs Tottenham in the Premier League.

Leicester v Tottenham: match preview

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Honourable displays at Chelsea and Manchester United so far this season have yielded just one point for Leicester, who will see the visit of Tottenham as an opportunity to prove their top-six credentials by beating one of the usual occupants of those spots. Spurs have yet to win away this season and victory at the King Power would be the perfect way to respond to the disappointment of giving up a two-goal lead at Olympiakos in midweek. Paul Doyle

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Brexit has given me a sense of dread – and Spurs aren't helping

Guardian - fre, 20/09/2019 - 14:22

The end of the cricket season and a dear friend’s funeral made this week a melancholic one

The final day of the last home cricket Test match is always tinged with melancholy. Even when England win a game to draw the series. It’s the end of summer, the nights drawing in and a long slog through to spring. But the weekend had another layer of sadness as about 70 of us gathered in a beautiful Wiltshire garden to celebrate the life of an old friend who died of cancer in the summer. In May he was merely complaining of back pain; two months later he was dead. He was only 64. Ali had a variety of seemingly incompatible careers – there can’t be many accountants who also made shoes for dozens of films including the Harry Potter series and Gladiator – but at heart he was basically an old hippie who was never happier than when driving around in his old VW camper van with his dog and friends in tow. So as well as some touching speeches, there was plenty of Grateful Dead and a spine-tingling live version of Gram Parsons’ A Song for You performed by one of his closest friends, Rod. I knew him primarily as a lifelong supporter of the Hemingford Hermits, one of the world’s worst cricket teams, for whom I played for about 25 years before my knee gave out. My performances were so mediocre it took the rest of the team five years to notice that I had actually retired. Ali never batted, never bowled and never fielded, making him the very best of us. Something that was recognised by him twice winning the award for Hermit of the Year. The second time posthumously. As we left to go back to London, our dog was so overjoyed to see the people who had looked after him while we were on holiday that he tried to get into their car. It was a day marked by loss.

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What's the football capital of England?

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London is calling this Sunday when West Ham host Manchester United and Liverpool travel to Chelsea seeking more capital gains. But which city can boast being the real capital of English football?

Tottenham refinance £637m stadium debt but purse strings will not loosen

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• ‘It will have no bearing on how we run the club,’ says Daniel Levy
• Chairman defends his policy and says there is no quick fix

Daniel Levy has insisted he will continue to run Tottenham on the balanced and relatively frugal business plan that has characterised his 18-year chairmanship after he announced a refinancing of the club’s stadium loans.

Spurs borrowed £637m from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC for the £1bn project and the money was due to be repaid by April 2022. But through US investors Levy has converted roughly £525m of the debt into a bond scheme, with staggered maturities of between 15 and 30 years.

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Levy won't chase 'quick fix' at Spurs

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Tottenham's chairman Daniel Levy has admitted he does not know whether investing more money on players or building the new stadium would have brought greater success to the club.

From Hart to Saivet: the Premier League's forgotten men

Guardian - fre, 20/09/2019 - 11:00

Whether out of favour or held back by injury, millions of pounds of talent is sitting unused in England’s top flight

Seventy-five England caps are not to be sniffed at but the former Manchester City goalkeeper’s fall has been pretty extraordinary. It is three years since Iceland humiliated England at Euro 2016 and Hart, having failed to repair his reputation at Torino or West Ham, has not started a Premier League game since Boxing Day, a 5-1 home defeat by Everton, which compounded a miserable defensive record: he kept three clean sheets and conceded 41 goals in 19 top-flight matches last season. Not even the departure of Tom Heaton has soothed things for Hart, 32, with Nick Pope restored as Sean Dyche’s No 1 and the arrival of Bailey Peacock-Farrell meaning he is not guaranteed to be second-choice. His sole appearance this season came in a cup defeat by Sunderland, and it proved nightmarish: Sunderland scored from three of their four shots on target and Hart’s only save led to a goal.

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Guardian - fre, 20/09/2019 - 01:30

Mesut Özil remains an enigma for Unai Emery, Phil Jagielka returns to Everton and Liverpool’s 100% record could end

Still looking for his first home win as Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard will do well to get off the mark against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. While he and his coaching staff will have scrutinised Napoli’s midweek Champions League win over Jürgen Klopp’s side looking for weaknesses, they are unlikely to have learned much they didn’t know already. Diligently maintaining your shape, getting behind Liverpool’s advancing full-backs and hoping at least one of your central defenders can perform a passable imitation of Kalidou Koulibaly is all very well in theory, but a lot easier said than done. And while the prospect of Liverpool’s preposterously-talented front three drawing blanks again seems remote, Lampard can at least take heart from the fact Liverpool only beat one of their fellow top six teams on their travels last season. BG

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Berbatov confirms 'overdue' retirement

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Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has confirmed his "long overdue" retirement from football.
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