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Leaking saeco (barista starbuck) portafilter

I cleaned whole machine inside and out. Replaced group head gasket and metal copartment that holds portafilter. Now portafilter loose and wobbley, water pouring out everywhere. Only a packed portafilter will some times work, but mostly not. I have a skamatic diagram and it still doesn't work. Any suggestion on what I didn't do, should have replaced or forgot to put in right?

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