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.
An overhit back pass proved to be Andorra's undoing as Bryan Flynn's Wales kicked off their 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign with three Group 3 points.
Ryan Doble and Elliott Chamberlain both had efforts on target for Wales early on before Justo Ruiz's Andorra came unstuck on 21 minutes, with defender Armand Fajardo inadvertently putting the ball beyond his goalkeeper, Oriol Oliva. It was hard luck for Andorra who looked more competitive after the break, and had three shots on Rhys Taylor's goal without making the breakthrough. In the dying moments of the match Andorra's Alvaro Guevara had the chance to earn his side a point but the striker failed to find the target.
Andorra are at home against Montenegro in their next qualifier on 3 June. Wales, who reached the 2009 play-offs and only just missed out on reaching that stage two years later, will not be in action until they travel to face the same opponents on 6 September.
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|Justo Ruiz (AND)||Brian Flynn (WAL)|
|Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)|
|Danny Huens (BEL), Yves De Neve (BEL)|
|Laurent Colemonts (BEL)|