|7||Hungary||Republic of Ireland|
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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.
Finland defeated Lithuania 3-1 in Marijampole in their final fixture in Group 2 of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying.
Both sides began the final matchday on nine points and without hope of finishing in the play-off berths. Lithuania started the stronger in their bid to end on a positive note, Aurimas Vilkaitis heading in a Ernestas Veliulis cross to put them in front after 13 minutes.
Finland were quick to attempt to draw level but Petteri Forsell hit a post with a free-kick and Tuomas Rannankari's close-range shot was blocked. Forsell went close again just before half-time and then saw his free-kick kept out by home goalkeeper Emilijus Zubas three minutes after the interval. On this occasion, though, Tim Väyrynen was on hand to turn in the rebound.
Though Väyrynen could have added a second with a clear chance just before the hour, Finland finally got in front five minutes later thanks to captain Tero Mäntylä's header. Forsell was the provider for that goal and he finally got one of his own on 76 minutes with a precise shot past Zubas.
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|Mindaugas Neoras (LTU)||Mika Laurikainen (FIN)|
|Danilo Grujić (SRB)|
|Srđan Milutinović (SRB), Uroš Stojković (SRB)|
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