|7||Hungary||Republic of Ireland|
|1||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Greece|
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.
A flying start from Sweden earned them the victory they needed against Ukraine to clinch top spot in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2.
Sweden's defeat by Slovenia on Friday had left them requiring three points to finish first, but they dispelled any doubts with two goals inside the opening seven minutes in Kalmar. Astrit Ajdarević broke the deadlock when he headed in from a Miiko Albornoz corner after five minutes and it was quickly two as the goalscorer fed Mikael Ishak to place the ball calmly into the top corner.
Oleg Pushanko's Ukraine would have won the group themselves with a win, but instead they had to settle for third place behind Slovenia, who finished in the runners-up spot with 20 points. They never really recovered from those two early blows and might have lost a third goal in the second half as Ishak spurned a couple of good chances.
Although Andriy Bogdanov threw them a lifeline in the 82nd minute, when he found some space and struck a terrific goal from 25 metres, Sweden survived a late attack of nerves to claim their place in the play-offs. "We played a good game, although at the end we got a little nervous," said Sweden coach Hakan Ericson.
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|Hakan Ericson (SWE)||Oleg Pushanko (UKR)|
|Danny Makkelie (NED)|
|Rob van de Ven (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)|
|Kevin Blom (NED)|