|7||Republic of Ireland||Hungary|
|1||Belarus||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|7||Turkey||Republic of Ireland|
The 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship comprises a qualifying group stage and play-off round to determine which seven teams join hosts Israel in the final tournament.
Qualifying group stage
Teams are split into ten groups – two of six teams and eight of five – and play each other on a home and away basis. The ten group winners and four runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections advance to the play-offs.
Play-off matches are played according to the knockout system, with each team playing each opponent home and away. The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round, with away goals, extra time and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw.
The final tournament comprises the seven play-off winners and Israel, who qualify automatically as hosts. The eight teams are split into two groups of four. Each team plays each other once in their group with the winners and runners-up advancing to the semi-finals where the winner of Group A plays the Group B runner-up and vice-versa. The winners advance to the final.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.
Four different players were on target as Switzerland, runners-up in the summer, eased past Croatia in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 5.
Having drawn 0-0 with Estonia in their first game of the section on Thursday, Pierluigi Tami's men made it four points from a possible six thanks to goals from Steven Zuber, Nzuzi Toko, Pajtim Kasami and Haris Seferovic in Sion.
Zuber set the hosts on their way eight minutes in when he controlled a right-wing cross from Rolf Feltscher inside the penalty area and fired past Lovre Kalinić. Croatia redoubled their efforts at the start of the second half but their challenge was all but extinguished through Toko, Zuber's Grasshopper-Club team-mate, on 62 minutes.
Following clever interplay on the left, Zuber created the third with a pass into Kasami, who in turn set up the fourth for substitute Seferovic to score with a powerful shot from just outside the box. Switzerland are next in action on 7 October against Georgia, a day after Croatia try for their first points of the section at home to holders Spain.
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|Pierluigi Tami (SUI)||Ivan Šušak (CRO)|
|Halis Özkahya (TUR)|
|Çem Satman (TUR), Ekrem Kan (TUR)|
|Hakan Ceylan (TUR)|