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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.
Pylyp Budkivskiy and Yevhen Shakhov both hit doubles as an impressive Ukraine stunned Sweden 6-0 to close the gap on the top two to five points – with a game in hand.
Lying fourth and trailing leading duo Slovenia and second-placed Sweden by eight points heading into this fixture, Ukraine were not favourites but had to win this game to stay in the hunt for a play-off berth. Pavlo Yakovenko's team started at a blistering pace, locking their opponents in their own half and scored three goals in little over half an hour.
Budkivskiy was responsible for two of those, his 17th and 32nd-minute headers sandwiching Andriy Bogdanov's deflected strike from the edge of the box on 20 minutes.
After the interval the Ukrainians eased off and focused on playing counterattacking football, and it paid dividends on the 75th minute when Shakhov latched onto Vitaliy Kaverin's pass to finish off a wonderful flowing break. Shakhov completed his double nine minutes later before Temur Partsvaniya rounded off the scoring one minute from time.
Slovenia take on fifth-placed Malta tomorrow while Ukraine are next in action on 4 June, when they travel to Kaunas to face bottom side Lithuania.
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|Pavlo Yakovenko (UKR)||Hakan Ericson (SWE)|
|Kristo Tohver (EST)|
|Sten Klaasen (EST), Silver Koiv (EST)|
|Jaan Roos (EST)|