2017 AFC Cup group stage

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The 2017 AFC Cup group stage was played from 20 February to 31 May 2017.[1] A total of 34 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 11 places in the knockout stage of the 2017 AFC Cup.[2]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 13 December 2016, 14:30 MYT (UTC+8), at the Hilton Petaling Jaya in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.[3][4][5] The 36 teams were drawn into nine groups of four: three groups each in the West Asia Zone (Groups A–C) and the ASEAN Zone (Groups F–H), and one group each in the Central Asia Zone (Group D), the South Asia Zone (Group E), and the East Asia Zone (Group I). Teams from the same association in the West Asia Zone and ASEAN Zone could not be drawn into the same group.[6]

Due to the withdrawal of teams in the ASEAN Zone and the East Asia Zone after the draw, only 34 teams competed in the group stage, with Groups H and I having only three teams.

The seeding of each team in the draw was determined by their association and their qualifying position within their association. The mechanism of the draw was as follows:[6]

  • For the West Asia Zone, a draw was held for the five associations with two direct entrants (Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon) to determine the three associations occupying seeds 1 and 2, with seeds 1 placed in order for Groups A, B and C, and the two associations occupying seeds 3 and 4, with seeds 3 placed in order for Groups A and B. The remaining teams were then allocated to groups according to the rules set by AFC.
  • For the ASEAN Zone, a draw was held for the four associations with two direct entrants (Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines) to determine the three associations occupying seeds 1 and 2, with seeds 1 placed in order for Groups F, G and H, and the one association occupying seeds 3 and 4, with seed 3 placed in Group F. The remaining teams were then allocated to the groups according to the rules set by AFC.
  • For the Central Asia Zone, the South Asia Zone, and the East Asia Zone, no draw was held, and the teams were allocated to the groups according to their association ranking published on 30 November 2016.

The following 34 teams entered into the group stage draw, which included the 29 direct entrants and the five winners of the play-off round of the qualifying play-offs, whose identity were not known at the time of the draw.[3][6] Originally there were 30 direct entrants and six winners of the play-off round, but there were one fewer direct entrant in the ASEAN Zone due to the withdrawal of one team, and the East Asia Zone qualifying play-offs were not played due to the withdrawal of three teams.

Zone Groups Seed 1 Seed 2 Seed 3 Seed 4
West Asia Zone A–C Iraq Al-Zawraa[note 1] Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya[note 1] Syria Al-Jaish[note 1] Syria Al-Wahda[note 1]
Bahrain Al-Hidd[note 1] Bahrain Al-Muharraq[note 1] Lebanon Safa[note 1] Lebanon Nejmeh[note 1]
Jordan Al-Wehdat[note 1] Jordan Al-Ahli[note 1] Oman Saham Oman Al-Suwaiq (Play-off West Asia)
Central Asia Zone D Tajikistan Istiklol Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh Kyrgyzstan Dordoi (Play-off Central Asia)
South Asia Zone E India Bengaluru FC Maldives Maziya Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani India Mohun Bagan (Play-off South Asia)
ASEAN Zone F–H Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim[note 2] Malaysia FELDA United[note 2] Philippines Global Cebu[note 2] Philippines Ceres–Negros[note 2]
Vietnam Hà Nội[note 2] Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh[note 2] Singapore Tampines Rovers Singapore Home United (Play-off ASEAN 1)
Myanmar Yadanarbon[note 2] Myanmar Magwe[note 2] Laos Lanexang United[note 3] Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor (Play-off ASEAN 2)
East Asia Zone I North Korea April 25 Guam Rovers[note 4] Chinese Taipei Taipower
North Korea Kigwancha[note 4]
(Play-off East Asia)
Mongolia Erchim[note 4]
Standby teams[note 5]

Format[edit]

In the group stage, each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The following teams advanced to the knockout stage:

  • The winners of each group and the best runners-up in the West Asia Zone and the ASEAN Zone advanced to the Zonal semi-finals.
  • The winners of each group in the Central Asia Zone, the South Asia Zone, and the East Asia Zone advanced to the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals.

Tiebreakers[edit]

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers were applied in the following order (Regulations Article 10.5):[2]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
  9. Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points);
  10. Team from the higher-ranked association.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of each matchday was as follows (W: West Asia Zone; C: Central Asia Zone; S: South Asia Zone; A: ASEAN Zone; E: East Asia Zone).[1] Matches in the West Asia Zone were played on Mondays and Tuesdays, while matches in the Central Asia Zone, the South Asia Zone, the ASEAN Zone, and the East Asia Zone were played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Matchday Dates Matches
W, A C, S, E
Matchday 1 20–22 February 2017 14 March 2017 Team 1 vs. Team 4, Team 3 vs. Team 2
Matchday 2 6–8 March 2017 4 April 2017 Team 4 vs. Team 3, Team 2 vs. Team 1
Matchday 3 13–15 March 2017 18–19 April 2017 Team 4 vs. Team 2, Team 1 vs. Team 3
Matchday 4 3–5 April 2017 3 May 2017 Team 2 vs. Team 4, Team 3 vs. Team 1
Matchday 5 17–19 April 2017 17 May 2017 Team 4 vs. Team 1, Team 2 vs. Team 3
Matchday 6 1–3 May 2017 31 May 2017 Team 1 vs. Team 2, Team 3 vs. Team 4

Groups[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZAW JAI AHL SUW
1 Iraq Al-Zawraa 6 3 3 0 9 3 +6 12 Zonal semi-finals 3–1 1–1 0–0
2 Syria Al-Jaish 6 3 0 3 6 9 −3 9 0–3 1–0 1–2
3 Jordan Al-Ahli 6 1 3 2 5 5 0 6 1–1 1–2 2–1
4 Oman Al-Suwaiq 6 1 2 3 3 5 −2 5 0–1 0–1 0–0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Al-Jaish Syria 1–0 Jordan Al-Ahli
Report
Al-Zawraa Iraq 0–0 Oman Al-Suwaiq
Report

Al-Suwaiq Oman 0–1 Syria Al-Jaish
Report
Al-Ahli Jordan 1–1 Iraq Al-Zawraa
Report

Al-Suwaiq Oman 0–0 Jordan Al-Ahli
Report
Al-Zawraa Iraq 3–1 Syria Al-Jaish
Report

Al-Ahli Jordan 2–1 Oman Al-Suwaiq
Report
Al-Jaish Syria 0–3 Iraq Al-Zawraa
Report

Al-Suwaiq Oman 0–1 Iraq Al-Zawraa
Report
Al-Ahli Jordan 1–2 Syria Al-Jaish
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Payam Heidari (Iran)

Al-Zawraa Iraq 1–1 Jordan Al-Ahli
Report
Al-Jaish Syria 1–2 Oman Al-Suwaiq
Report

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification QUW WAH HID SAF
1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 6 3 3 0 6 2 +4 12 Zonal semi-finals 1–1 2–1 2–0
2 Syria Al-Wahda 6 3 2 1 10 3 +7 11 0–0 0–2 2–0
3 Bahrain Al-Hidd 6 3 0 3 8 5 +3 9 0–1 0–1 3–1
4 Lebanon Safa 6 0 1 5 1 15 −14 1 0–0 0–6 0–2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Safa Lebanon 0–0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Report
Al-Hidd Bahrain 0–1 Syria Al-Wahda
Report

Al-Wahda Syria 2–0 Lebanon Safa
Report
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 2–1 Bahrain Al-Hidd
Report

Al-Wahda Syria 0–0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Report
Al-Hidd Bahrain 3–1 Lebanon Safa
Report

Safa Lebanon 0–2 Bahrain Al-Hidd
Report
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 1–1 Syria Al-Wahda
Report

Al-Wahda Syria 0–2 Bahrain Al-Hidd
Report
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 2–0 Lebanon Safa
Report

Safa Lebanon 0–6 Syria Al-Wahda
Report
Al-Hidd Bahrain 0–1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Report
Attendance: 50
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification WEH MUH SAH NEJ
1 Jordan Al-Wehdat 6 3 3 0 9 6 +3 12 Zonal semi-finals 3–2 2–1 1–0
2 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10 1–1 1–0 1–0
3 Oman Saham 6 2 1 3 9 9 0 7 1–1 3–2 3–1
4 Lebanon Nejmeh 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4 1–1 1–2 2–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Saham Oman 3–2 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
Report
Attendance: 1,400
Al-Wehdat Jordan 1–0 Lebanon Nejmeh
Report
Attendance: 10,000

Nejmeh Lebanon 2–1 Oman Saham
Report
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 1–1 Jordan Al-Wehdat
Report

Nejmeh Lebanon 1–2 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
Report
Attendance: 2,100
Al-Wehdat Jordan 2–1 Oman Saham
Report
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)

Saham Oman 1–1 Jordan Al-Wehdat
Report Faisal Goal 84'
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Takuto Okabe (Japan)
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 1–0 Lebanon Nejmeh
Report
Attendance: 300

Nejmeh Lebanon 1–1 Jordan Al-Wehdat
Report
Attendance: 2,800
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Al-Muharraq Bahrain 1–0 Oman Saham
Report

Al-Wehdat Jordan 3–2 Bahrain Al-Muharraq
Report
Attendance: 3,800
Saham Oman 3–1 Lebanon Nejmeh
Report

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification IST ALT DOR ALA
1 Tajikistan Istiklol 6 5 1 0 15 4 +11 16 Inter-zone play-off semi-finals 1–0 2–0 3–1
2 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13 1–1 3–0 4–1
3 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi 6 1 0 5 6 16 −10 3[a] 1–4 0–2 1–0
4 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh 6 1 0 5 9 18 −9 3[a] 1–4 1–2 5–4
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Dordoi 1–0 Alay Osh, Alay Osh 5–4 Dordoi (Dordoi won on away goals).
Alay Osh Kyrgyzstan 1–2 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
Report
Attendance: 5,000
Istiklol Tajikistan 2–0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi
Report

Dordoi Kyrgyzstan 1–0 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh
Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
Altyn Asyr Turkmenistan 1–1 Tajikistan Istiklol
Report

Dordoi Kyrgyzstan 0–2 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
Report
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Hasan Akrami (Iran)
Istiklol Tajikistan 3–1 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh
Report
Attendance: 14,500

Alay Osh Kyrgyzstan 1–4 Tajikistan Istiklol
Report
Attendance: 3,000
Altyn Asyr Turkmenistan 3–0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi
Report
Attendance: 8,200

Altyn Asyr Turkmenistan 4–1 Kyrgyzstan Alay Osh
Report
Attendance: 8,285
Dordoi Kyrgyzstan 1–4 Tajikistan Istiklol
Report
Attendance: 1,000

Alay Osh Kyrgyzstan 5–4 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi
Report
Attendance: 1,500
Istiklol Tajikistan 1–0 Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr
Report
Attendance: 9,000

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BFC MAZ MOH DAB
1 India Bengaluru FC 6 4 0 2 7 6 +1 12[a] Inter-zone play-off semi-finals 1–0 2–1 2–0
2 Maldives Maziya 6 4 0 2 10 4 +6 12[a] 0–1 5–2 2–0
3 India Mohun Bagan 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7 3–1 0–1 3–1
4 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani 6 1 1 4 4 10 −6 4 2–0 0–2 1–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Maziya 0–1 Bengaluru FC, Bengaluru FC 1–0 Maziya.
Dhaka Abahani Bangladesh 0–2 Maldives Maziya
Report
Bengaluru FC India 2–1 India Mohun Bagan
Report

Maziya Maldives 0–1 India Bengaluru FC
Report
Mohun Bagan India 3–1 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
Report

Bengaluru FC India 2–0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
Report
Mohun Bagan India 0–1 Maldives Maziya
Report
Attendance: 1,842

Maziya Maldives 5–2 India Mohun Bagan
Report
Dhaka Abahani Bangladesh 2–0 India Bengaluru FC
Report

Maziya Maldives 2–0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
Report
Mohun Bagan India 3–1 India Bengaluru FC
Report
Attendance: 1,298

Bengaluru FC India 1–0 Maldives Maziya
Report
Dhaka Abahani Bangladesh 1–1 India Mohun Bagan
Report

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GLO JDT BKA MAG
1 Philippines Global Cebu 6 5 0 1 13 9 +4 15 Zonal semi-finals 3–2 3–1 1−0
2 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 6 4 1 1 16 5 +11 13 4–0 3–0 3–1
3 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor 6 1 1 4 3 12 −9 4 0–2 0–3 1–0
4 Myanmar Magwe 6 0 2 4 5 11 −6 2 2–4 1–1 1–1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Global Cebu Philippines 1–0 Myanmar Magwe
Report
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 3–0 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor
Report

Magwe Myanmar 1–1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
Report
Attendance: 350
Boeung Ket Angkor Cambodia 0–2 Philippines Global Cebu
Report
Attendance: 3,000

Boeung Ket Angkor Cambodia 1–0 Myanmar Magwe
Report
Attendance: 975
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 4–0 Philippines Global Cebu
Report

Magwe Myanmar 1–1 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor
Report
Attendance: 155
Global Cebu Philippines 3–2 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
Report
Attendance: 458

Magwe Myanmar 2–4 Philippines Global Cebu
Report
Attendance: 150
Boeung Ket Angkor Cambodia 0–3 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
Report
Attendance: 1,277

Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 3–1 Myanmar Magwe
Report
Global Cebu Philippines 3–1 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor
Report
Attendance: 310

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CER HAN TAM FEL
1 Philippines Ceres–Negros 6 3 2 1 16 8 +8 11[a] Zonal semi-finals 6–2 5–0 0–0
2 Vietnam Hà Nội 6 3 2 1 14 10 +4 11[a] 1–1 4–0 4–1
3 Singapore Tampines Rovers 6 2 0 4 8 17 −9 6 2–4 1–2 2–1
4 Malaysia FELDA United 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5 3–0 1–1 1–3
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Hà Nội 1–1 Ceres–Negros, Ceres–Negros 6–2 Hà Nội.
Hà Nội Vietnam 1–1 Philippines Ceres–Negros
Report
Tampines Rovers Singapore 2–1 Malaysia FELDA United
Report
Attendance: 1,277
Referee: Takuto Okabe (Japan)

FELDA United Malaysia 1–1 Vietnam Hà Nội
Report
Attendance: 200
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)
Ceres–Negros Philippines 5–0 Singapore Tampines Rovers
Report

Hà Nội Vietnam 4–0 Singapore Tampines Rovers
Report
Ceres–Negros Philippines 0–0 Malaysia FELDA United
Report
Attendance: 8,965
Referee: Wang Di (China)

FELDA United Malaysia 3–0 Philippines Ceres–Negros
Report
Tampines Rovers Singapore 1–2 Vietnam Hà Nội
Report
Attendance: 1,565

Ceres–Negros Philippines 6–2 Vietnam Hà Nội
Report
FELDA United Malaysia 1–3 Singapore Tampines Rovers
Report
Attendance: 2,252

Hà Nội Vietnam 4–1 Malaysia FELDA United
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Tampines Rovers Singapore 2–4 Philippines Ceres–Negros
Report

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HOM TQN YAD
1 Singapore Home United 4 3 0 1 12 8 +4 9 Zonal semi-finals 3–2 4–1
2 Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh 4 1 1 2 10 9 +1 4[a] 4–5 1–1
3 Myanmar Yadanarbon 4 1 1 2 3 8 −5 4[a] 1–0 0–3
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Than Quảng Ninh 1–1 Yadanarbon, Yadanarbon 0–3 Than Quảng Ninh.
Yadanarbon Myanmar 1–0 Singapore Home United
Report

Than Quảng Ninh Vietnam 1–1 Myanmar Yadanarbon
Report

Home United Singapore 3–2 Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh
Report
Attendance: 1,971

Than Quảng Ninh Vietnam 4–5 Singapore Home United
Report

Home United Singapore 4–1 Myanmar Yadanarbon
Report
Attendance: 1,535

Yadanarbon Myanmar 0–3 Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh
Report

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification APR KIG ERC
1 North Korea April 25 4 2 2 0 14 3 +11 8[a] Inter-zone play-off semi-finals 1–1 6–0
2 North Korea Kigwancha 4 2 2 0 13 3 +10 8[a] 2–2 7–0
3 Mongolia Erchim 4 0 0 4 0 21 −21 0 0–5 0–3
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: April 25 1–1 Kigwancha, Kigwancha 2–2 April 25 (April 25 won on away goals).
April 25 North Korea 6–0 Mongolia Erchim
Report

Erchim Mongolia 0–3 North Korea Kigwancha
Report
Attendance: 2,850

April 25 North Korea 1–1 North Korea Kigwancha
Report

Kigwancha North Korea 2–2 North Korea April 25
Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Zhang Lei (China)

Erchim Mongolia 0–5 North Korea April 25
Report
Attendance: 1,020

Kigwancha North Korea 7–0 Mongolia Erchim
Report
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Wang Di (China)

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

West Asia Zone[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B Syria Al-Wahda 6 3 2 1 10 3 +7 11 Zonal semi-finals
2 C Bahrain Al-Muharraq 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10
3 A Syria Al-Jaish 6 3 0 3 6 9 −3 9
Source: AFC

ASEAN Zone[edit]

Due to Group H having only three teams, the results against the fourth-placed teams in Groups F and G are not considered for this ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 4 3 0 1 12 3 +9 9 Zonal semi-finals
2 G Vietnam Hà Nội 4 2 1 1 9 8 +1 7
3 H Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh 4 1 1 2 10 9 +1 4
Source: AFC

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The seeding of the first and second group stage teams from Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, and Lebanon were determined by draw.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h The seeding of the first and second group stage teams from Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Philippines were determined by draw.
  3. ^ Lanexang United (Laos) withdrew from the group stage after the draw (originally drawn in Group H), and were not replaced, and only 11 teams competed in the ASEAN Zone group stage.[7]
  4. ^ a b c Rovers (Guam) and Taipower (Chinese Taipei) withdrew from the group stage after the draw (both originally drawn in Group I), and Tatung (Chinese Taipei) withdrew from the qualifying play-offs,[8] and thus Kigwancha (North Korea) and Erchim (Mongolia) advanced directly from the play-off round and preliminary round respectively to the group stage to replace them, and only three teams competed in the East Asia Zone group stage, and the East Asia Zone qualifying play-offs were not played.
  5. ^ The standby teams would replace a team from the same association which played in the AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs and advanced to the AFC Champions League group stage. There were no standby teams from Bahrain (for Al-Hidd).
  6. ^ a b c d e f Teams from Syria are not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Teams from Iraq are not allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2017" (PDF). AFC. 
  2. ^ a b "2017 AFC Cup Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 
  3. ^ a b "Stage set for AFC Cup 2017 draw". AFC. 12 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "AFC Cup 2017: Official Draw". YouTube. 13 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "AFC Cup contenders learn 2017 opponents". AFC. 14 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "AFC Cup 2017 Draw Mechanism" (PDF). AFC. 
  7. ^ "Lanexang United pull out of AFC Cup". Fox Sport Asia. 24 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "2017亞足聯盃 台電、大同都不參賽". ETNews. 7 February 2017. 

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