|1||Greece||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|7||Republic of Ireland||Liechtenstein|
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 maintained their 100% record in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 with Peniel Mlapa completing his hat-trick against ten-man Greece in added time.
Greece looked to have snatched a share of the points when substitute Panagiotis Vlachodimos struck from close range three minutes into time added on, shortly after Kostas Fortounis had been shown a straight red card. However, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim striker Mlapa was to have the last word, firing Germany back in front with his right foot at the death and taking them nine points clear of second-placed Greece, who have a game in hand.
Thanos Petsos lobbed his 1. FC Kaiserslautern team-mate Kevin Trapp on 22 minutes to put Greece in front, but Mlapa responded six minutes later. Trapp made a brilliant double save to deny Fortounis and Charis Mavrias and Mlapa then hit the post before being set up for a second by Lewis Holtby in first-half added time. However, there was time for Fortounis to make it 2-2 before the break.
Olivier Baumann came on for Trapp at the break and made a great series of blocks to deny Fortounis and Apostolos Giannou before Alexander Esswein converted Maximilian Beister's ball in the 56th minute to make it 3-2. Petsos responded soon after following great work from Fortounis, but Stefan Bell restored Germany's advantage with a header from a corner three minutes from the end, prompting a frenzied but ultimately heartbreaking finale for Greece. Both are in midweek action, Greece welcoming Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday and Germany visiting Cyprus the following evening.
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|Georgios Georgiadis (GRE)||Rainer Adrion (GER)|
|Ruddy Buquet (FRA)|
|Fredji Harchay (FRA), Cyril Lompre (FRA)|
|Benoît Millot (FRA)|