|7||Hungary||Republic of Ireland|
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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.
Germany are one win away from qualifying from UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 with a 100% record after a clinical second-half performance secured a 3-0 victory against Belarus.
Rainer Adrion's side secured qualification as group winners with a defeat of Greece in February, so little more than pride and their winning streak were on the line in Rostock.
Still, they dominated from the off, with Moritz Leitner leading the assault on the deep Belarusian defence. Only a matter of centimetres were between his early 25-metre shot and the left upright, while he came even closer later in the half, smacking the crossbar from the left side of the penaly area.
The German pressure told after the restart, as forward Maximilian Beister scored his fourth goal in eight qualifiers, tucking in Leitner's cross from close range on 57 minutes. Borussia Dortmund's Leitner then turned scorer seven minutes later, converting a penalty after Aleksandr Anyukevic's handball.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Sebastian Polter made it three, finishing off Patrick Herrmann's pinpoint cross from the left. There was still time for Belarus to have their best chance of the match, but Kirill Premudrov somehow contrived to miss an open target from five metres out with four minutes remaining. That ensured Germany racked up a seventh clean sheet of an impressive campagn.
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|Rainer Adrion (GER)||Aleksei Vergeenko (BLR)|
|Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)|
|Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Jan Paták (CZE)|
|Radek Příhoda (CZE)|