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Saul Niguez explains why Chelsea hero Eden Hazard flopped at Real Madrid

"I was talking to my friends about Eden Hazard the other day..." (Author: Gardener)

Eden HazardChelsea loanee Saul Niguez has opened up about Eden Hazard's struggles in Spain (Pictures: Getty) Chelsea loanee Saul Niguez has explained why Eden Hazard, the Stamford Bridge hero, has struggled at Real Madrid. Hazard helped Chelsea win two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues and the FA Cup during his seven years at west London. With 110 goals in 352 games for the Blues, Hazard established himself as a firm favorite at Stamford Bridge before making an impressive £100m-plus move to Real Madrid. Much was expected when Hazard arrived in the Spanish capital in 2019 but he failed to find his feet and remains disappointed after only scoring six goals in the last three seasons. Niguez believes Hazard has endured a frustrating period at the Bernabeu mainly because it's a 'completely different game' in Spain and requires different skills. Chelsea midfielder Niguez, currently on loan from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, is well-placed to highlight the differences between English and Spanish football and believes that's why Hazard is struggling. When asked about the differences between the Premier League and La Liga, Niguez told Chelsea's official website: "They are completely different. Hazard has scored six goals since joining Madrid in 2019 (Picture: Getty) 'When he was here he was certainly one of the best players in the world and then he goes to La Liga and he has his own difficulties because it's a completely different game. 'Here he had more one-on-ones and two-on-ones but in La Liga other teams make it much harder for him because everyone knows how good his team is and how good he is. "Here it happens a bit the other way around, although I think it's a bit easier to adapt from La Liga to the Premier League than from the Premier League to La Liga." Hazard has made 17 appearances for Real Madrid this season goal scored. For more stories like this, visit our sports page. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Real Madrid's double bid ends in shock defeat to Athletic Bilbao

Alex Berenguer's brilliant strike from a Casemiro error was enough to seal a surprise 1-0 win at San Mames and send Athletic through to the semis.

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Real Madrid'sReal Madrid's hopes of winning the Spanish double were dashed on Thursday when Athletic Bilbao scored a dramatic 89th-minute winner to knock them out of the Copa del Rey. Alex Berenguer's brilliant strike after a Casemiro error was enough to seal a surprise 1-0 win at San Mames and send Athletic through to the semis. With Barcelona, ​​Atletico Madrid and Sevilla already eliminated, Madrid were the clear favorites to win the Copa del Rey while they are also in the driver's seat in La Liga and sit four points ahead of Sevilla at the top of the table. But it will be Athletic who finish in the last four alongside Real Betis, Valencia and Rayo Vallecano and while Betis are flying high in the league all four sides now have serious hopes of lifting the trophy. It would be very special for Athletic after they were beaten in two finals in two weeks last year, the first a postponed 2020 game against Basque rivals Real Sociedad and the second against Barcelona. They defeated a Real Madrid side that was almost full and certainly the best Carlo Ancelotti had at his disposal, even if the visitors missed Karim Benzema, who was still recovering from his injury. Without Benzema, Madrid lacked any real threat up front and it was a disheartening reminder for Ancelotti of his lack of quality options to back the Frenchman when he needs them. Neither Eden Hazard nor Gareth Bale have had even a minute in a competition that usually gives fringe players a chance. "We suffer because we want to win all competitions," said Ancelotti. "We're out with two more competitions ahead of us and we believe this defeat will have no consequences. There was no such drama for Real Betis, who came through after beating Real Sociedad 4-0 to complete their excellent to continue the season under Manuel Pellegrini. Betis." They are third in La Liga hoping to qualify for the Champions League next season and in this form they will take a break in the cup. They haven't reached the Copa del Rey final since their last win in 2005. Having joined Betis from Real Sociedad in 2019, he scored twice against his former club but his opening goal was largely thanks to a brilliant job by William Carvalho, who broke through and then cut back to allow his team-mate to slip into the corner.Adnan Januzaj equalized for La Real to be eliminated before half-time and shortly thereafter Juanmi struck again and fired a left-footed shot at Alex Moreno, who saw an excellent pass from Sergio Canales raced.

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Leganes were relegated from LaLiga after a draw with champions Real Madrid

Celta Vigo's draw at Espanyol was enough to hold them by a point. (Author: Gardener)

LeganesLaLiga champions Real Madrid bid farewell with a 2-2 draw at Leganes, which saw the hosts relegated. Leganes needed to win to stand a chance of overtaking Celta Vigo, whose draw at Espanyol was enough to hold them by a point. Los Blancos - who clinched the league title on Thursday - took the lead through a header from captain Sergio Ramos. Bryan Gil equalized just before half-time but Marco Asensio put Real back ahead early in the second half before Roger Assale's 78th-minute goal set up an exciting final but there was to be no late drama. Lionel Messi secured the golden boot again with a brace as Barcelona ended the LaLiga season with a 5-0 win at Alaves. The Argentine forward increased his tally to 25 with a goal in each half after youthful striker Ansu Fati scored in the 24th minute. Luis Suarez made it 3-0 just before half-time, while defender Nelson Semedo - one of just five substitutes on the bench - added a fourth just before the hour mark and Messi completed a comfortable win with 15 minutes remaining. Barcelona will next be in action when they face Napoli, who are tied 1-1, in the Champions League round of 16 second leg on August 8. Santi Cazorla received a standing ovation when he left late in the former Arsenal winger's last LaLiga appearance for the Yellow Submarine, while captain Bruno Soriano retired with a win. Atletico Madrid finished third after a 1-1 home draw with Real Sociedad, with Adnan Januzaj's late goal securing a point for the sixth guests. Granada - on their return to the top flight this season - secured seventh place and a chance of qualifying for the Europa League after a 4-0 win over Athletic Bilbao as Getafe secured a 2-2 draw at Levante - where defender Coke scored a late goal - missed equalisation. In Serie A, a late Romelu Lukaku penalty ensured Inter Milan secured a 2-2 draw at Roma and reduced the gap to leaders Juventus to five points. Defender Stefan De Vrij put the visitors ahead after 15 minutes, but Leonardo Spinazzola equalized just before the break. Henrikh Mkhitaryan put the hosts ahead after 57 minutes but Belgium striker Lukaku had the last word, converting a penalty with two minutes remaining. Matteo Politano's spectacular last-second goal helped Napoli beat Udinese 2-1 to keep them in the hunt for Europa League qualification. Rodrigo De Paul put the visitors ahead in the 22nd minute, but substitute Arkadiusz Milik soon equalized with his first touch after coming on. Well into stoppage time, Politano secured all three points when he bounced the ball off the post. The hosts seemed in control after Gervinho and an own goal from defender Bartosz Bereszynski gave them a 2-0 half-time lead. Fabio Quagliarella's deflected shot equalized for the Blucerchiati - and substitute Federico Bonazzoli completed the turnaround with 12 minutes remaining. Elsewhere, an injury-time strike from Jaromir Zmrhal – whose two goals were his first in Serie A – helped propel relegated Brescia from behind to beat bottom side SPAL 2-1, mathematically confirming relegation while Fiorentina defeated Torino 2-0. A late own goal from goalkeeper Gabriel – the ball landed off his back after hitting the far post – saw Genoa boost their own hopes of survival with a 2-1 win over fellow relegation strugglers Lecce.

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Basques reach Copa del Rey semifinals

Real Madrid were knocked out of the Spanish Cup by Athletic Bilbao thanks to an 88th-minute winner by Alex Berenguer. (Author: Gardener)

Copa del ReyReal Madrid were knocked out of the Spanish Cup by Athletic Bilbao thanks to an 88th-minute winner by Alex Berenguer. Questions have been asked about the Italian's second-half coaching changes as Madrid failed to threaten Athletic. Athletic Bilbao midfielder Alex Berenguer sank Real Madrid with a curler in the 88th minute. Real Madrid must now focus fully on their bid to win the LaLiga title after being knocked out of the cup. He benched Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic with midfielder Isco on a false nine and when Madrid failed to threaten at one end they were undone at the other. With two minutes remaining, Casemiro passed the ball to Mikel Vesga, who fed Berenguer. The midfielder, who came on for Nico Williams at half-time, turned Nacho around and sent his shot past Thibaut Courtois to decide the tie. They had started the game at a furious pace and none more so than Dani Garcia. Courtois blocked his long shot before the same player forced a corner with another shot after Nico Williams defeated Edu Militao on the touchline. Garcia isn't known for his goals, but it wasn't long before his third shot within the opening 15 minutes went high and wide. Athletic flew into challenges and lashed out at Vinicius at every opportunity. He was also taunted by Athletic supporters and urged to get up by Dani Garcia after going down under a challenge - all to intimidate Madrid's most dangerous striker. Several wild challenges from Raul Garcia went unpunished, much to Ancelotti's dismay, and he was further unhappy when the first card was for Toni Kroos for a late challenge against Yeray Alvarez. Ancelotti faces questions after benching Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is being pursued by Athletic Bilbao captain Iker Muniain Madrid were less of a threat and it was minute 27 when they had their first shot on goal from Rodrygo, easily saved by Julen Agirrezabala. Five minutes before the break, Kroos played the ball across his own penalty area straight at Muniain and set the ball on Inaki Williams, who would have scored if Lucas Vazquez hadn't blocked. Just before half-time, Athletic took a hit when Supersonic Nico Williams hobbled away in tears. Athletic started the second half without their flying winger and with Berenguer. Raul Garcia then headed another Munian set piece wide. On the hour Vinicius - less than 48 hours back from two starts for Brazil in South America - went off to be replaced by Isco, who took over from Asensio on a wrong nine. Berenguer's goal propelled Athletic into their third straight Copa del Rey semifinals. With 15 minutes remaining, Kroos was the next to be substituted. He didn't think much of the change and it was hard to figure out why Ancelotti left his flat forward line untouched with Hazard, Jovic and Bale all on the bench. At the other end Athletic pursued the old problem of failing to finish and another Muniain cross went right through the area without anyone converting it. But a slip from Casemiro and a brilliant finish from Berenguer came just short of full-time. And in six added minutes, Madrid couldn't prevent elimination. The highs are off and Athletic are 180 minutes away from their third straight Copa del Rey final.

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EFL says Middlesbrough and Wycombe legal claims are football debts and calls for urgent mediation

The EFL release a statement opposing Derby's belief that legal claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe should not be treated as football-related debts; The EFL is urging clubs and interested parties including HMRC, MSD and Mel Morris to mediate with the Derby administrators (Author: Gardener)

EFLThe EFL disagrees with Derby's belief that legal claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe should not be treated as football-related debts. Both clubs are seeking compensation linked to Derby's breach of financial rules but the Rams believe the board should not force them to defend the claims in order to retain their EFL membership. But the EFL has dismissed that stance, insisting Boro and Wycombe are creditors and should be paid. A statement said: "Derby County is seeking to apply bankruptcy laws to avoid having to defend the claims of Middlesbrough FC (which originally began in January 2021) and Wycombe Wanderers. "Derby County believes that those claims should not be treated as football - associated debts and that it would be wrong for the EFL to require the club to continue defending the claims as a condition of continued membership if they were affected by a restructuring plan. "At the request of the Administrators and in line with the commitments they made at the meeting with local politicians last week, the EFL has provided a further clear statement to Quantuma on their position on the application of the Bankruptcy Directive so that they can apply to the High Court or engage in arbitration to resolve this issue.” Solutions needed to ensure Derby County have a long-term future Administrators say prevent them from selling the club. Lord Pendry has three parliamentary Requests made asking the government to ensure Derby doesn't break down. Before the EFL released a statement on Tuesday night, Lord Pendry said he understood why Middlesbrough and Wycombe felt hurt when Derby broke EFL financial rules. But Lord Pendry, after speaking to Gibson, said he was confident an agreement could be reached. "[Gibson] says it might not be as bleak as some people are thinking at the moment," Lord Pendry told Sky Sports News. Sky Sports News revealed last week that Derby's total debts exceed £60million. "It's not about pity," he said. "I want them (the creditors) to be a little realistic about the situation they're in, to show that there's a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

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The EFL believe Middlesbrough and Wycombe's claims are football-related debts for Derby

Both clubs are seeking compensation in connection with Derby's breach of financial rules. (Author: Gardener)

EFLThe EFL disagrees with Derby's belief that legal claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe should not be treated as football-related debts. The EFL disagrees with Derby's belief that legal claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe should not be treated as football-related debts. Both clubs are seeking compensation linked to Derby's breach of financial rules but the Rams believe the board should not force them to defend the claims in order to retain their EFL membership. Both clubs are seeking compensation linked to Derby's breach of financial rules but the Rams believe the board should not force them to defend the claims in order to retain their EFL membership. A statement said: "Derby County is seeking to apply bankruptcy law to avoid having to defend claims by Middlesbrough FC (which originally began in January 2021) and Wycombe Wanderers. "Derby County believes that these claims should not be treated as football-related debts and that it would be wrong for the EFL to require the club to continue to defend the claims as a condition of continued membership in circumstances where they are at the Were compromised away a restructuring plan. "At the request of the Administrators and in line with the commitments they made at the meeting with local politicians last week, the EFL has provided a further clear statement to Quantuma on their position on the application of the Bankruptcy Directive so that they can apply to the High contact the court or commence arbitration to resolve this issue. “The EFL has previously requested mediation between the two clubs and the Administrators and today invites all relevant and associated parties to enter into formal cooperation negotiations to actively seek compromises and solutions needed to ensure Derby County has a long-term has future. Meanwhile, one of the groups interested in buying Derby is growing increasingly frustrated at the apparent lack of progress in resolving the impasse caused by the legal claims. The Binnie family made their bid for the Rams on Jan. 13, knowing the claims stood. For Binnie's investment firm, Carlisle Capital, the risk of losing in court - unlikely as that may be - or the cost of settling claims makes it difficult to justify investing in Derby. If other investors take the same view, liquidation of the club appears to be the only remaining option. Derby was put into administration by the club's then-owner Mel Morris in September last year. The Binnie family's bid, reportedly in the region of £28million, ruled out the stadium. On January 27, it was announced that a February 1 deadline for the club's administration to submit proof of financing had been extended by one month until the end of the season.

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Tom Holland says his parents and friends will check his ego

When asked how he avoided the pitfalls of fame and success, the London-born star replied during a meeting with ITV's This Morning: "I just have a great network of friends and family." (Author: Gardener)

Tom HollandTom Holland has said his parents will challenge him if he behaves like a "movie star". The 25-year-old actor has risen to international fame since being cast as Spider-Man, but Tom's friends and family have helped him stay humble. When asked how he avoided the pitfalls of fame and success, the London-born star replied during a meeting with ITV's This Morning: "I just have a great network of friends and family." Humbly: 'Tom Holland stated that when he's acting like a 'movie star', his parents call him when I was a kid.' "My family is the first person to tell me if I'm having, I think, a movie star moment. Tom pointed out that he's determined not to get big-headed and has no desire to change. Steadfast friend: Holland also expressed that he remained close to loved ones he spent time with throughout his childhood, saying: "My friends from home are all my friends from my childhood." He said: "I like my buddies and she wouldn't like me if I acted like some of the Hollywood people.' Tom stars alongside Mark Wahlberg in new film Uncharted, and he admitted he feels like the 'son' of the 50-year-old actor, known for his muscular physique and intense exercise regime. He shared: "The only luxury of lockdown for me was that on the first day of shooting we walked on set and I realized I looked like Mark's 12-year-old son. Tom was actually inspired by Wahlberg to get in better shape during the COVID-19 lockdown. Inspired: Tom is set to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the new film 'Uncharted,' and he admitted he feels like the 'son' of the 50-year-old actor known for his muscular physique and intense exercise regime. He said: "I had five months at home because we closed due to COVID. The performer then expressed that his costar was impressed with his physical performances upon his return to the set. He said, "Wow, you've reached some serious size." I was really, really grateful for the break," he said. Based on the video game series of the same name, Uncharted follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his mentor Victor Sullivan as they take on a group of mercenaries as they search for a mysterious treasure trove. Storyline: Based on the video game series of the same name, Uncharted follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his mentor Victor Sullivan as they take on a group of mercenaries as they search for a fabled trove of goods Actors like Tati Gabrielle, Sophia Ali and Antonio Banderas. The project went through a lengthy development phase and much of the current cast and crew were brought together in 2020. Filming took place that year and the crew had various concerns related to the coronavirus before filming wrapped in October, although Holland had returned for reshoots in the past summer. Uncharted is currently set to make its wide debut in the UK on February 11th and will premiere in the United States on February 18th. Coming Soon: Uncharted is currently set to make its UK debut on February 11th and the United States on February 18th

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The EFL issues a statement calling for action as Derby's plight deepens

The EFL have urged all parties to engage in "cooperative negotiations" to secure the club's long-term future (Author: Gardener)

EFL'Compromises and solutions' - EFL issues statement calling for action as Derby County's plight deepens The EFL has urged all parties to engage in 'collaborative negotiations' to secure the club's long-term future with updates and analysis delivered straight to your inboxSomething went wrong, please try again later. Thank you for signing up. We have more newsletters. Show me. The EFL released a lengthy statement on Thursday night, giving a full update on the situation in Derby County. The Rams are looking for new owners after entering administration last year. Three parties are said to have made bids for the club, including the Binnie brothers, former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and a consortium involving former Derby chairman Andy Appleby. A formal £28million offer has reportedly been made by the Binnie brothers, but that offer does not include the purchase of Pride Park. The EFL have now urged all relevant parties to enter into joint negotiations to secure the club's long-term future - these parties include Middlesbrough FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, Mel Morris, MSD Partners and HMRC, as well as the current highest bidders. The EFL Board met today and received an update on Derby County FC. In recent weeks, the EFL has proactively engaged with the club's administrators and other key stakeholders, including local authorities, MPs and the Rams Trust, to support the club in its efforts to leave administration in accordance with the requirements of the Insolvency Code the league. The EFL's bankruptcy policy aims to give clubs guidance on how the board might seek to deal with a club in administration. This policy, which has been accepted by all 72 clubs, describes how members agreed “that the starting point is that no club should gain (or seek) an advantage over other clubs in the context of professional football by not paying all of their fees will pay creditors in full at all times.” In this case, Derby County is attempting to apply bankruptcy law to avoid having to dismiss claims from Middlesbrough FC (which originally began in January 2021) and Wycombe Wanderers. Derby County believes that these claims should not be treated as football-related debts and that it would be wrong for the EFL to require the club to continue to defend the claims as a condition of continued membership in circumstances where they have been affected restructuring plan. At the request of the Administrators, and in line with the commitments they made when meeting with local politicians last week, the EFL has issued a further clear statement to Quantuma on its position on the application of the Insolvency Directive, allowing them to apply to the High Court or initiate arbitration proceedings to resolve this issue. This includes monies owed to HMRC and the loans from MSD, which are secured by club assets and the stadium. The EFL has previously requested mediation between the two clubs and the Administrators and today invites all relevant and associated parties to enter into formal cooperation negotiations to actively seek compromises and solutions needed to ensure Derby County has a long-term future has. For the avoidance of doubt, the EFL is asking for the participation of Administrators and the following stakeholders: the current highest bidders, Middlesbrough FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, Mel Morris, MSD Partners and HMRC. The EFL will endeavor to provide updates in due course on any progress made as a result of this request and any subsequent discussions, while continuing to uphold our commitment to transparency in our dealings with the politicians and local authority representatives that make up Team Derby 'composes' alongside working directly with Derby County Supporters' Groups and the FSA.

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Rams liquidation concerns

One of the potential buyers of ailing championship club Derby County fears the club is heading for liquidation. (Author: Gardener)

RamsOne of the potential buyers of ailing championship club Derby County fears the club is heading for liquidation. However, the family are frustrated by the lack of progress on the deal and the lack of a resolution to Middlesbrough and Wycombe's compensation claims. While English Football League sources argue that this is not the only obstacle to a deal, a source close to the Binnie camp has told BBC Sport there are growing concerns the legal action is pushing Derby towards liquidation. It was reported that the Binnie family were ready to take responsibility for the claims but the intention is in fact to work with Administrators and the EFL to resolve the situation. It has also been suggested that a combined payment of around £7m was over £20m to American finance company MSD, for which Morris is guarantor. The Binnie family is unwilling to take the risk of losing in court, although many believe the odds are slim and don't believe any other investor would. Meanwhile, Derby County manager Wayne Rooney said he would "like to know where the money is going at the club". Nine players left Pride Park in the January transfer window, but the Rams remain under a transfer embargo. The EFL have asked the club to provide proof of funding by early March to allow Derby to fulfill the remainder of the season. "I'd like to know where the money is going," Rooney told BBC Radio Derby. Hopefully the EFL can lift the embargo and there might be free agents I can get. I don't want him to leave the club but I got a text saying he's been sold," Rooney added. Derby remain seven points from safety in the Championship after Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield.

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Tom Holland is opening up about reprising the Spider-Man role

The 25-year-old actor raised questions about reprising the role of the legendary superhero when he appeared on The One Show on Wednesday night. (Author: Gardener)

Tom HollandSpider-Man: No Way Home passed the $1 billion mark at the international box office over the weekend. And Tom Holland addressed questions about reprising the role of the iconic superhero when he appeared on The One Show on Wednesday night. Mysterious: Tom Holland addressed questions about reprising the role of iconic superhero Spider-Man when he appeared on The One Show on Wednesday night. Tom, who was on the show alongside Mark Wahlberg for their new film Uncharted, was asked if he would return after box office success to play Spider-Man. He said: "I've had such an amazing run as Spider-Man, when it's my time to step down and the next fortunate kid will step up, I will proudly do so. The 25-year-old actor also told hosts Ronan Keating and Alex Jones that winning an Oscar for No Way Home would be the "icing on the cake" as they are due to be announced next week. The 25-year-old actor also told hosts Ronan Keating and winning an Oscar for Alex Jones for No Way Home would be the "icing on the cake" as they are announced next week Promo trail: Tom was alongside Mark Wahlberg for their new Film Uncharted Tom on the show and said, "For us as creatives, I think I can speak on behalf of everyone at Sony and Marvel, the love and support we've had from fans for the film has been so amazing, that's enough US. Elsewhere on the show, Tom was stunned when he received a surprise video message from his old dance teacher, Lynne Page. She said: "I can't think of anyone more deserving of playing Fred Astaire than you. "Everyone loved Fred, he made dancing look so easy, but you and I know it's because of all the hours of practice he put in. Touched: Elsewhere in the show, Tom was stunned when he received a surprise video message from his old dance teacher Lynne Page Tom and Mark will star in the highly anticipated Sony Pictures adventure Uncharted, based on the iconic titular video game series , which spans nine games: "You've already put in so many of those hours with your early Billy training, so my advice would be to close your eyes, trust your feet, dance, float and show the world." what it takes to make it look so easy. Touched, Tom asked Alex how they managed to do the video message and said Lynne helped his career tremendously by sending him to his first Billy Elliot audition. It comes as Spider-Man: No Way Home becomes the 10th film in history to reach that milestone, Deadline reported, after grossing $21.1 million in global markets over the weekend. The superhero film is the sixth highest-grossing film of all time worldwide and has yet to receive a release date in China, making its international totals even more impressive. Wow: The film, directed by Jon Watts, grossed $11 million domestically in its seventh week of release

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