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Porto v Sevilla preview

Sevilla midfielder Juan Iborra insists his team have already put the disappointment of their defeat at Celta Vigo out of their minds as they prepare for the Europa League quarter-final first leg at Porto.

The Spaniards travel to the Estadio do Dragao on Thursday on the back of Saturday's 1-0 loss in Vigo.

Sevilla, coached by Unai Emery, conceded a late penalty to see their six-match winning run in the Primera Division end.

The outcome dropped Sevilla to fifth in the standings, level on 50 points with Real Sociedad, who are sixth.

"It was just an accident," Iborra told www.marca.com. "The important thing is that we learn from our mistakes, improve and continue to work hard.

"We did a great job defensively and we had chances to win."

Iborra insists his side's focus has already shifted to their encounter in Portugal.

Sevilla beat city rivals Betis on penalties after their tie finished 2-2 on aggregate to progress, and Iborra is expecting another difficult challenge against the Portuguese side.

"We are fully focused on this game," he said. "Porto have a lot of history and we have maximum respect for them.

"They have played in the Champions League this season and are considered favourites to go through.

"They have great players like Jackson (Martinez) and (Ricardo) Quaresma while they are very strong at the back.

"They may not be getting the results they want in the domestic competition and they will be very eager to go all the way in Europe.

"We know it's going to be difficult but we are enthusiastic and determined to do well.

"We are capable of bringing back home a good result."

Porto striker Jackson, whose side saw off Napoli to reach this stage, believes the encounter will be no easy ride.

Sevilla have not lost away from home in the competition so far.

"Sevilla are dangerous when playing on the road and we will have to be careful not to concede a goal," Jackson told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

"It would be good to score and take an advantage with us for the return leg."

Porto, who will travel to Seville for the second leg on April 10, are third in the Portuguese Liga after Sunday's 2-1 loss at Nacional.

Dragons coach Luis Castro is hoping to recover central defender Mangala, who is doubtful for the encounter with a muscular injury.