|7||Republic of Ireland||Hungary|
|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.
Serbia made a winning start to their 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign thanks to Luka Milivojević's goal against Northern Ireland.
Having had their run of final tournament appearances ended last time out, Serbia dominated their first Group 4 fixture as they seek to reach Israel in 2013. Milivojević's 17th-minute strike proved decisive although Serbia missed a penalty early in the second half after Connor McLaughlin was sent off.
Northern Ireland were playing their third qualifier having already picked up four points against the Faroe Islands but condeded their first goal of the campaign when Milivojević pounced on a blocked shot 16 metres out and beat keeper Conor Devlin. In the 35th minute Milivojević fired just over, though Northern Ireland were proving determined opponents.
Billy Kee forced home goalkeeper Branimir Aleksić into a close-range save with a header not long past the break, but on 50 minutes McLaughlin was dismissed for fouling Stefan Šćepović, whose resulting penalty was missed. Serbia continued to press, and Slobodan Medojević headed over while in the 81st minute Luka Milunović let fly from 22 metres only for Devlin to pull off a fingertip save. On Tuesday Serbia welcome the Faroe Islands to Uzice while Northern Ireland meet 2011 finals hosts Denmark, who are beginning their campaign.
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