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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.
Denmark withstood what their coach called a second-half "collapse" to hold on for three vital UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualfiying Group 4 points against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
At one of the venues for last year's final tournament, Aalborg Stadium, Denmark were 5-1 up at the break and soon added to that lead. But the visitors then fought back and with two minutes left were within a goal of the home side, who held on to remain within three points of leaders Serbia, with a game in hand and the visit of the leaders to come.
"The whole team collapsed in the second half even though we talked about not doing so at half-time," Denmark coach Morten Wieghorst said. "For us this was a huge lesson learned today. We can use this in the upcoming matches in this very tough group."
Mads Albæk put Denmark ahead from the spot on six minutes after FYROM goalkeeper Filip Gacevski fouled Mark Gundelach and Anders Christiansen then doubled the lead. The unmarked Erik Sviatchenko added a third on 25 minutes and although Stefan Spirovski responded immediately, Christiansen scored again and Nicklas Helenius made it 5-1 from a free-kick.
Having ripped FYROM apart in the first half, Denmark eased up in the second but Emil Larsen still claimed a sixth in the 55th minute. However, Ilija Nestorovski and Goran Bogdanoviс struck not long past the hour to halve the deficit, substitute Flamur Tairi scored another on 83 minutes and after Samir Fazli found the target, Denmark were grateful just to get a win.
They play their game in hand in the Faroe Islands on 15 August before the crucial visit of Serbia on 7 September, with two wins ensuring Denmark will top the group and make the play-offs. FYROM, who had led Denmark at kick-off, are now two points behind having played a game more, paying for a 1-1 draw in the Faroes on Friday.
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|Morten Wieghorst (DEN)||Boban Babunski (MKD)|
|Bobby Madden (SCO)|
|William Conquer (SCO), Graeme Leslie (SCO)|
|Paul Robertson (SCO)|