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Valencia eyes on Europa prize

VALENCIA coach Unai Emery has told his players to banish thoughts of revenge when they play at La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in tonight's Europa League semi-final first leg (Live Setanta Ireland, 8.05).

Valencia were eliminated in controversial circumstances by eventual winners Atletico in the 2009-10 quarter-finals

when the referee failed to award what appeared to be a clear penalty for a foul on Nikola Zigic.

The Serbian striker was left with a torn shirt after he was hauled back by defender Juanito and Atletico went through on away goals before beating Fulham in the final.

“We could look back on that to try to motivate the players but we won't do it,” Emery said. “We put that incident behind us as soon as it happened and you have to look forward and wait for another chance.

“We have to focus on today, how we will approach the game and how we build up our hopes.”

In tonight’s other semi-final, Sporting Lisbon host Athletic Bilbao in the Portuguese capital (live 3e, 8.05).