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Roy Hodgson's relief as England enjoy win over Wales

England 2-1 Wales

By Mark Ogden

Published 17/06/2016

Jamie Vardy of England celebrates scoring England's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Jamie Vardy of England celebrates scoring England's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. Pic Getty
Welsh football fans celebrate at the London Welsh Centre in London on June 16, 2016 as they watch the match on television after Wales scored the opening goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens, France. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel Leal-OlivasDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Joe Hart of England dejected on the floor after conceding Wales first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Gareth Bale of Wales and Danny Rose of England compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Ledley of Wales and Daniel Sturridge of England compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
England's midfielder Adam Lallana (L) vies for the ball with Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
England's Daniel Sturridge (right) and Wales' Joe Ledley battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (L) looks on as England's forward Harry Kane (2nd L) vies for the ball with Wales' defender Ben Davies (R) and Wales' defender Ashley Williams (2nd R) during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey (L) and England's forward Wayne Rooney vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) and England's defender Danny Rose vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
England's midfielder Dele Alli (L) and Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey (C) vies for the ball with England's defender Gary Cahill (L), England's midfielder Eric Dier (2nd L) and England's defender Kyle Walker (R) during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England fails to stop the shot by Gareth Bale of Wales allowing the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (2nd L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) celebrates with Wales' defender Neil Taylor (C) and Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey (R) after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Gareth Bale of Wales gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Coleen Rooney (C), wife of England's forward Wayne Rooney, attends the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to save the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale celebrates with Wales' midfielder Joe Ledley. Pic Getty
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Ben Davies of Wales challenges Harry Kane of England during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
England's defender Gary Cahill vies for the ball with Wales' forward Gareth Bale (front) during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Wayne Rooney of England controls the ball under pressure of Gareth Bale of Wales during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to save the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans support their team in the rain during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England fails to stop the shot by Gareth Bale of Wales allowing the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to save the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates the opening goal during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates the opening goal during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to save the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: A general view of Ray Lewington assistant of England fans during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England watches the ball in the back of the net as he fails to stop the shot by Gareth Bale of Wales allowing the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans support their team in the rain during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans celebrate after Gareth Bale scored the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) shoots to score his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the match with Joe Allen (bottom) during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu (left) and Joe Allen (7) battle for the ball with England's Wayne Rooney during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans celebrate after Gareth Bale scored the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans celebrate after Gareth Bale scored the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Wales' Wayne Rooney battles with England's Danny Rose during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' players celebrate after England's goalkeeper Joe Hart (front) reacts after the opening score by Wales' forward Gareth Bale (not pictured) during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
England's midfielder Eric Dier (L) vies for the ball with Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England watches the ball in the back of the net as he fails to stop the shot by Gareth Bale of Wales allowing the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans celebrate after Gareth Bale scored the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Wales' defender Chris Gunter (R) runs with the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England watches the ball as Gareth Bale of Wales scores his team's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Wales' forward Gareth Bale shoots the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Gareth Bale of Wales scores his team's first goal from a free kick during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Wales fans celebrate the opening goal scored by Gareth Bale during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
England's players react after Wales' defender Ben Davies (2nd R) touched the ball with his hand during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' defender Neil Taylor (R) and England's defender Kyle Walker vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Gareth Bale (right) scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Gareth Bale (not pictured) scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' defender Neil Taylor heads the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
England's defender Danny Rose (C) and Wales' midfielder Joe Ledley (2nd L) vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' coach Chris Coleman gestures during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Football fans react in the fans zone in Lille, France, after Wales score the first goal of the match, during their Euro 2016 clash with England. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
England's midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) and Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
England's forward Harry Kane (L) vies for the ball with Wales' defender Ben Davies during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Gareth Bale of Wales scores his team's first goal from a free kick during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (R) and England's midfielder Dele Alli vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

Roy Hodgson insisted he had no sympathy for Wales after Daniel Sturridge moved England to the top of Group B with a stoppage time winner which capped a dramatic Euro 2016 fightback in Lens.

Sturridge's goal, scored with just one minute left to play, secured a 2-1 win after fellow substitute Jamie Vardy had cancelled out Gareth Bale's first-half opener for Chris Coleman's team.

With Bale's pre-match fighting talk prompting Hodgson (below) to insist that England's actions would ultimately speak louder than words, the Real Madrid winger's 35-yard free-kick threatened to give the Welsh further ammunition for verbal attacks against the English.

But with England's second-half performance proving enough to win the game and virtually secure progression to the knock-out stages, Hodgson admitted he did not feel sorry for Wales. "If I had been watching from afar and not been with England and watching Wales play some other opponent I would have felt very sorry for them," Hodgson said. "But they will have to excuse me not feeling sorry for them because I want to be pleased with ourselves.

"It's certainly two different ends to the spectrum. It's a long time since myself and the coaching staff have showed such joy at a goal.

"That's because that goal the other night (against Russia) put us under a bit of pressure.

"When the chances don't go in and you've compounded your task by conceding that Gareth Bale goal, it really is a happy moment when both the substitutes score.

"But I thought it was on the cards all the way through the second half. We were a hair's breadth away so many times, but it took until the 92nd minute."

Having kept faith with the starting XI which drew 1-1 with Russia in Marseille last Saturday, Hodgson withdrew Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling at half-time following the pair's unimpressive first-half performance.

The introduction of Vardy and Sturridge transformed England, but Hodgson remained insistent that he was right to keep the same starting team for this game.

"We thought a lot about what the starting eleven should be, but I didn't want to start breaking eggs with a big stick," Hodgson said. "I thought I would keep one or two up my sleeve.

"I was kind of counting on us seeing out the first-half and then making a change, but the goal meant it was pushed on to me a bit.

"I was always in our thoughts to bring on Vardy and Sturridge and then bring on Jack Wilshere or Marcus Rashford when we were looking for a goal, but in the second half, it was much more aggressive in terms of our attacking play.

"Was it the best double substitution of my career? When you've been in football a long time, you find it hard to remember, but it's certainly my best double substitution of these Euros, albeit after two games."

England could be confirmed as having qualified for the knock-out stage if results in other groups ensure that at least third place in Group B will be enough for qualification.

And Hodgson admitted he may make changes against Slovakia in St Etienne next Monday.

"The third game was always going to be a team selection headache after players playing twice in a short period of time," Hodgson said.

"That headache was always going to exist."

ENGLAND: Hart, Walker, Smalling, Cahill, Rose, Dier, Rooney, Alli, Lallana (Rashford, 73 mins), Kane (Vardy, 46 mins),Sterling (Sturridge, 46 mins).

Unused subs: Forster, Milner, Clyne, Henderson, Stones, Wilshere, Barkley, Bertrand, Heaton.

Goals: Vardy 56, Sturridge 90.

WALES: Hennessey, Chester, A Williams, Davies, Gunter, Allen, Ledley (Edwards, 67 mins),Ramsey,Taylor, Bale, Robson-Kanu (J Williams, 71 mins).

Unused subs: Fon Williams, King, G Williams, Richards, Cotterill, Vokes, Collins, Vaughan, Church, Ward.

Goals: Bale 42.

Yellow cards: Davies.

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Match rating: 7/10

Man of the match: Kyle Walker

Possession: England 64% Wales 36%

Shots on target: England 4 Wales 2

Fouls committed: England 10 Wales 9

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