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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.
Jan Chramosta struck either side of half-time for the Czech Republic as they took control of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 3 thanks to a home win against Montenegro.
The visitors could have leapfrogged the Czechs at the top of the section with victory in Jablonec, but, despite a 75th-minute goal from Asmir Kajević, came up short.
With the leadership of the group at stake both sides began cautiously, but it was Jakub Dovalil's side who settled the quicker and on 34 minutes Ladislav Krejčí worked his magic, allowing Chramosta to finish from eight metres.
Montengro responded after the interval yet were dealt a killer blow when the FK Mladá Boleslav forward scored from an almost identical position after good work from Marek Hanousek. Kajević's long-range effort set up a nervous finish but the unbeaten Czech Republic could not be prevented from going three points clear of second-placed Wales with a game in hand.
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