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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 21 February 2015,

Swansea
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Man United
  • Kickoff: 16:00 BST
  • Stadium: Liberty Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Liberty Stadium
  • Attendance: 20,809
  • 30' Ki Sung-Yeung
  • 73' Bafetimbi Gomis
  • 28' Ander Herrera

Swansea City

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Manchester United

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Monk wants to see exciting Swansea

Swansea boss Garry Monk has called on his team to excite him in the closing months of the season - starting against Manchester United on Saturday.

By the manager's own admission Swansea have been below par in recent weeks after enjoying an impressive first half to the season, winning only one of their last seven Barclays Premier League games and suffering an FA Cup defeat at Championship club Blackburn.

But Monk believes a 10-day break from action has served his squad well as Swansea seek to rediscover the form which brought them an opening-day win at United and their highest points tally at the halfway mark of a Premier League campaign.

"I am not here to be average or have players perform averagely," Monk said with his side sitting ninth in the table ahead of United's revenge mission at the Liberty Stadium.

"I don't want that. I want to stand on the sidelines and be excited by what I see from my team, and players want to be excited by the football they play.

"The fans want to be excited too. That is the plan but getting there is a process and not instant.

"A lot has happened in the year with the turnover of players I have had, but overall I can only pick five games out of 25 where I was really disappointed with how we performed."

The concern for Monk is most of those poor performances have come in the past month since the sale of top scorer Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, with Swansea struggling to fill the void left by the free-scoring Ivorian.

But Monk insists Swansea can not allow their campaign to fizzle out because that would also have a detrimental effect on next season.

"The problem in football is people only ever judge you on the last 10 to 15 games of a season," Monk said.

"I've known that from experience and that's why it's such an important period.

"We have to do as well as we can to really finish the season well and go into the summer with real positive momentum."

"The group are aware of that and it's my responsibility to get the team back to those consistent levels we've had for the next 13 games."

Swansea will be boosted against United by the return of Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has completed a three-match suspension for his FA Cup red card at Blackburn.

Louis van Gaal has been left with another selection conundrum after he revealed Robin van Persie will be back for Manchester United.

Van Persie missed the 3-1 win over Preston on Monday because of an unspecified injury, but the striker is in the squad for this weekend's game at the Liberty Stadium.

Van Persie's return means Van Gaal will have to decide whether to hand his Dutch compatriot a start at the expense of Wayne Rooney or Radamel Falcao - or drop his captain into midfield.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference at the AON Training Complex, the United boss said: "Michael Carrick is the only injury."

Van Gaal expects Carrick to return to training next week, but the Swansea game has come too soon for the midfielder, who suffered a calf injury last month.

Defender Phil Jones, however, is fit for the match at Liberty Stadium having overcome his knee problem.

The reverse fixture on the opening weekend of the season will go down as one of the low points of Van Gaal's reign.

United went into the match on the back of a perfect pre-season campaign in which they had beaten the Los Angeles Galaxy, Inter Milan, Roma, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Valencia.

But the Red Devils lost 2-1 to Monk's side and, to borrow a phrase from the United boss, his squad's confidence was "smashed" as a result.

Seven months later, despite some lethargic and unimaginative performances, Van Gaal thinks his team have got their swagger back - and he may have a point, given that United are third in the table having lost just once in their last 19 matches.

"We came from the United States where we had won everything, so that was a big shock (to lose against Swansea)," Van Gaal said, reflecting on the opening-day defeat at Old Trafford.

"After that we lost a lot of points even though we were the better team, because we couldn't score enough at that time.

"I think that the confidence at this moment is the same as (after the tour).

"When you see the scores of the last 19 or 20 matches we are the best team in the league. So that is why I think confidence is also high like it was at the beginning.

"The players know and have experience of playing in the system with my philosophy."

91'+4

End Regular Time

91'+4

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Throw In at 95'

91'+4

Attempt blocked. Daley Blind (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.

91'+4

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 95'

91'+3

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 94'

91'+3

Substitution, Swansea City. Jordi Amat replaces Jonjo Shelvey.

91'+2

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

91'+1

Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

91'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 91'

91'

Jonjo Shelvey

91'

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89'

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) Free Kick at 89'

89'

Offside, Manchester United. Phil Jones tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

89'

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) Free Kick at 89'

88'

Marcos Rojo

88'

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Free Kick at 88'

88'

Ashley Williams

87'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 87'

87'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 87'

86'

Ki Sung-Yeung (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 86'

86'

Attempt saved. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

86'

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 86'

86'

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) Free Kick at 86'

85'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 85'

85'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) Free Kick at 85'

84'

Ashley Young

84'

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

83'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 83'

81'

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) Free Kick at 81'

81'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 80'

79'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 79'

79'

Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Ángel Di María.

77'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 77'

77'

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 77'

76'

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) Free Kick at 76'

76'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 76'

75'

Attempt blocked. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini with a headed pass.

75'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 75'

74'

Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

73'

2 - 1

Goal! Swansea City 2, Manchester United 1. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

73'

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 73'

73'

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng.

73'

Ki Sung-Yeung (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 73'

73'

Ki Sung-Yeung (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 73'

72'

Attempt blocked. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

72'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 72'

71'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Free Kick at 71'

71'

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

71'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

71'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 71'

70'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 70'

70'

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

70'

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 70'

69'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jack Cork.

69'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 69'

69'

Attempt missed. Daley Blind (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini with a headed pass.

69'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 69'

68'

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a through ball.

68'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 68'

68'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 68'

67'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) Throw In at 67'

66'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

66'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 66'

65'

Attempt missed. Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

65'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 65'

65'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

65'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 65'

65'

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 65'

64'

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) Free Kick at 64'

64'

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63'

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

63'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 63'

63'

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

63'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 63'

62'

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

62'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 62'

62'

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 62'

61'

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) Throw In at 61'

61'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 61'

61'

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) Throw In at 61'

60'

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

60'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 60'

58'

Substitution, Manchester United. Ashley Young replaces Luke Shaw.

58'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 58'

57'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Free Kick at 57'

57'

Dangerous play by Jack Cork (Swansea City).

56'

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) Throw In at 56'

56'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 56'

54'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

54'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 54'

54'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

54'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 54'

54'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 53'

53'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 53'

53'

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 53'

53'

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 53'

52'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Throw In at 52'

50'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

50'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 50'

49'

Attempt saved. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

49'

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 49'

49'

Ashley Williams (Swansea City) Free Kick at 49'

48'

Phil Jones

48'

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48'

David De Gea (Manchester United) Free Kick at 47'

47'

Offside, Swansea City. Ki Sung-yueng tries a through ball, but Bafétimbi Gomis is caught offside.

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'

Substitution, Manchester United. Antonio Valencia replaces Patrick McNair.

46'+1

Halftime

46'

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) Free Kick at 46'

46'

Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).

46'

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) Throw In at 46'

45'

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) Free Kick at 46'

45'

Marouane Fellaini

45'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

43'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 43'

42'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Free Kick at 42'

42'

Offside, Swansea City. Kyle Naughton tries a through ball, but Wayne Routledge is caught offside.

40'

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

40'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 39'

38'

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) Free Kick at 38'

38'

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Throw In at 35'

35'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 35'

34'

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

34'

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 34'

34'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Throw In at 34'

33'

Daley Blind (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 33'

33'

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) Free Kick at 33'

32'

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32'

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) Throw In at 32'

32'

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) Free Kick at 32'

31'

Offside, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Bafétimbi Gomis is caught offside.

30'

1 - 1

Goal! Swansea City 1, Manchester United 1. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

30'

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 30'

30'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 30'

28'

0 - 1

Goal! Swansea City 0, Manchester United 1. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

28'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 28'

28'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 28'

28'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 28'

27'

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

27'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 27'

24'

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) Free Kick at 24'

23'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22'

Attempt missed. Federico Fernández (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Cork with a cross following a corner.

22'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 22'

21'

Phil Jones (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 21'

20'

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

20'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 20'

20'

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) Throw In at 20'

19'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 19'

18'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 18'

18'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Free Kick at 18'

17'

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

17'

Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 17'

17'

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

17'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 17'

17'

Phil Jones (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 17'

17'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 17'

16'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 16'

16'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left following a set piece situation.

15'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Free Kick at 15'

15'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11'

Attempt missed. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng with a headed pass following a corner.

11'

Ki Sung-Yeung (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 11'

10'

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

10'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 10'

9'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 9'

9'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 9'

9'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Throw In at 9'

8'

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 8'

8'

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

7'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Throw In at 7'

7'

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 7'

6'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 6'

6'

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 6'

6'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) Throw In at 6'

6'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 6'

5'

Patrick McNair (Manchester United) Throw In at 5'

5'

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 5'

5'

Attempt blocked. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross.

5'

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 5'

4'

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

4'

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) Corner Kick at 4'

4'

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

4'

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) Assists Shot at 4'

3'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) Free Kick at 3'

3'

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3'

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) Throw In at 2'

2'

Jack Cork (Swansea City) Free Kick at 1'

2'

Neil Taylor (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1'

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) Blocked Pass at 1'

1'

Kickoff

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Possession

36%
64%
  • Swansea City
  • Manchester United

Shots

11
18

Shots on target

6
3

Fouls

6
15

Corners

4
10

Yellow Cards

2
4

Red Cards

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Head to Head

Swansea2 - 1Man United
Man United1 - 2Swansea
Man United2 - 0Swansea
Man United1 - 2Swansea
Swansea1 - 4Man United
Man United2 - 1Swansea

Swansea

  • 1Lukasz Fabianski
  • 26Kyle Naughton
  • 3Neil Taylor
  • 33Federico Fernández
  • 6Ashley Williams
  • 8Jonjo Shelvey
  • -> Jordi Amat
  • 24Jack Cork
  • 23Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • -> Jefferson Montero
  • 15Wayne Routledge
  • 4Ki Sung-Yeung
  • 18Bafetimbi Gomis
  • Subs
  • 11Marvin Emnes
  • 17Nélson Oliveira
  • 25Gerhard Tremmel
  • 22Angel Rangel
  • 7Leon Britton

Man United

  • 1David De Gea
  • 5Marcos Rojo
  • 3Luke Shaw
  • -> Ashley Young
  • 33Patrick McNair
  • -> Antonio Valencia
  • 4Phil Jones
  • 21Ander Herrera
  • 7Ángel Di María
  • -> Juan Mata
  • 31Marouane Fellaini
  • 20Robin van Persie
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • 17Daley Blind
  • Subs
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • 32Victor Valdés
  • 9Radamel Falcao
  • 11Adnan Januzaj

Manchester United lose to Swansea after Bafetimbi Gomis winner

Swansea completed their first-ever league double over Manchester United to dent the Red Devils' hopes of finishing in the Champions League places.

The Welsh club had won 2-1 at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season but a repeat looked unlikely when Ander Herrera fired United into a 28th-minute lead.

But Ki Sung-yueng equalised within two minutes and Jonjo Shelvey's 73rd minute strike - which took a crucial deflection off team-mate Bafetimbi Gomis - gave Swansea only a second win in eight Barclays Premier League attempts as they prevailed 2-1.

United manager Louis van Gaal had claimed his side were the best in the top flight on current form after losing only once in 19 games in all competitions but performances have rarely matched results and this will do little for their ambitions of finishing in the top four.

Swansea started by changing their system with a diamond matching United's as Wayne Rooney again operated up front for the visitors with Robin van Persie replacing the misfiring Radamel Falcao following the FA Cup victory at Preston.

United were nearly the architects of their own downfall inside five minutes when Marcos Rojo's poor pass set up Gylfi Sigurdsson's blocked shot and a corner from which Swansea almost profited.

Sigurdsson sent the ball in and Gomis lost his marker Paddy McNair to power a header which Herrera hacked off the line.

Gomis put another header over after bar and Swansea were dangerous in attack but allowing Angel di Maria too much space to run into down the left flank.

And when Di Maria's corner evaded Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal Van Persie collected at an acute angle to hammer a shot against the crossbar.

A hugely enjoyable encounter was swinging from end to end and Gomis slipped Phil Jones to set up a shooting opportunity for Wayne Routledge which David de Gea safely gathered.

But it was United who seized the lead when some fine approach play ended with Rooney finding Di Maria and the Argentina international set up Herrera's fifth United goal, and his second in as many games, with a precise finish into the corner.

Swansea's reply, however, was both emphatic and instant as Shelvey crossed from the left and Ki, just as he had done at Old Trafford in August, scored by getting across Luke Shaw and sweeping the ball home.

Ki went close to a second soon after half-time when he timed his run superbly onto another Shelvey cross and de Gea spread himself well to make the save.

Van Gaal's response to try and achieve dominance was to put on fresh legs at full-back, Ashley Young replacing Shaw after Antonio Valencia had been introduced at half-time for McNair.

United were enjoying the majority of possession with van Persie adding to a couple of wayward first-half efforts by smashing into the side netting on his more favoured left foot.

Rojo headed over a Di Maria corner and United were firmly in the ascendancy when Rooney lifted a ball over the top of the Swansea defence but Van Persie was only able to scuff his shot under pressure.

Swansea were clinging on but they relieved the pressure and struck against the run of play after 73 minutes when Shelvey's powerful strike beat de Gea with the aid of a deflection off Gomis.

The Frenchman brought another save from de Gea in the final exchanges as United ran out of ideas and were unable to pull off a late rescue act.




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