|1||Belarus||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|7||Turkey||Republic of Ireland|
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.
Armenia remain top of 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 3 but were denied an even bigger advantage as the Czech Republic also preserved an unbeaten start.
For 13 minutes Armenia harboured hopes of moving six points clear of their hosts after Edgar Malakyan had given them a second-half lead with a wonderful individual goal. But the Czech Republic, fourth in the 2011 finals, levelled on 68 minutes through Vladimír Darida and remain within three points of Armenia, holding a game in hand.
In a tactical first half of few goalscoring opportunities, there was little to give either goalkeeper cause for concern. Czech No1 Marek Štěch had to be at his best to pull off an excellent save from Gevorg Badalyan, who was put through on goal midway through the first half.
There was nothing Štěch could do about the opening goal, however, as Malakyan evaded the close attentions of his markers on the left before crashing an unstoppable shot in off the bar. The lead would not last long, however, and the Czech Republic, inspired by the attacking impetus of substitutes Jan Navrátil and Tomas Wágner, hit back through Darida, who was able to turn in a loose ball in the area, following fine approach play down the left flank.
The Czech Republic continue their campaign in Wales on 11 October before visiting Armenia exactly a month later.
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|Jakub Dovalil (CZE)||Rafael Nazaryan (ARM)|
|Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)|
|Gagas Dimitrios (GRE), Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)|
|Ilias Spathas (GRE)|