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.
Sweden moved two points clear at the top of Group 2 after a commanding 3-0 home victory over Finland in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying.
Two points shy of pacesetters Slovenia with a game in hand, Hakan Ericson's side knew victory would lift them to the summit. Buoyed by his two goals against Malta, Mikael Ishak retained his scoring touch to fire Sweden into a 21st-minute lead.
The hosts doubled their advantage four minutes later through Mervan Çelik and refused to loosen their grip on proceedings when Ishak made it three on 73 minutes. Next up for Sweden is a vital away trip to Slovenia on 6 September, before they conclude their qualifying campaign against Ukraine four days later.
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|Hakan Ericson (SWE)||Mika Laurikainen (FIN)|
|Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)|
|Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Emanuel Marek (CZE)|
|Radek Příhoda (CZE)|