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.
Ukraine kept their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying hopes alive with a vital 2-0 victory against second-placed Slovenia in Kyiv.
Trailing their opponents by six points with two games remaining, Ukraine knew nothing less than victory would keep them in the hunt in Group 2. First-half goals from Dmytro Korkishko and Serhiy Rybalka put them in the ascendancy, while Korkishko's penalty miss and Oleksandr Karavayev's dismissal only served to fuel the hosts' resolve.
The match was 16 minutes old when Korkishko profited from Andriy Bogdanov's incisive pass and calmly slotted the ball past Jan Oblak. The visitors responded with intent but Igor Berezovskiy was equal to Robert Berić's powerful header. The hosts doubled their lead three minutes before the break when Vitaliy Fedotov was felled in the area and Rybalka converted from the spot.
A handball by Antonio Delamea-Mlinar gifted Ukraine their second penalty but Korkishko was denied by an excellent save. Slovenia were handed a lifeline on 62 minutes when Karavayev was shown a second yellow card but they failed to make their numerical advantage count. Ukraine's penultimate game sees them host Malta on 6 September, while Slovenia could edge closer to qualification with victory at home to Sweden.
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