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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.
Peniel Mlapa helped himself to a first-half hat-trick as Germany strengthened their stranglehold on UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 with an emphatic defeat of San Marino.
Rainer Adrion's side had already completed a comprehensive victory against the same opponents last month, but this time they went one better than that 7-0 rout, rattling five unanswered goals past Mattia Manzaroli in the first half alone.
Mlapa took just half an hour to net his treble, scoring twice inside the opening five minutes and pausing momentarily to allow Moritz Leitner to make it 3-0 before completing his night's work. An added-time effort by Maximilian Beister at the end of the first half exacerbated the hosts' problems, although they restricted Germany to three goals after the break, two of which came from Alexander Esswein, either side of Daniel Ginczek's strike.
After five wins on the spin Germany are eight points clear of second-placed Belarus, who have a game in hand, and nine ahead of their next opponents, Greece, who have played too matches fewer and host the section leaders on 11 November.
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|Pier Angelo Manzaroli (SMR)||Rainer Adrion (GER)|
|Veaceslav Banari (MDA)|
|Serghei Trofan (MDA), Andrei Bodean (MDA)|
|Igor Satchi (MDA)|