|7||Hungary||Republic of Ireland|
|1||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Greece|
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.
Holders Spain offered a reminder, if one were needed, of the threat they will pose in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying play-offs as they concluded their Group 5 programme with a 6-0 rout of Croatia.
In only Julen Lopetegui's second match as coach, Spain posted their second 6-0 home win of a campaign which has also brought a 7-2 victory in Georgia. With seven wins out of eight and 27 goals scored they will be the team to avoid in the play-off draw; for a Croatia side who were already five down at half-time, by contrast, now is the time to go home and lick their wounds.
Spain needed only three minutes to go in front as Isco set up Pablo Sarabia to score. Gerard Deulofeu made it 2-0 after 10 minutes, the FC Barcelona youngster dribbling past Šime Vrsaljko and Dario Župarić before finishing past Simon Sluga.
Deulofeu then set up Álvaro Vázquez for the third goal after 17 minutes before Sarabia crossed for Isco to make it four just after the half-hour. By the 38th minute it was 5-0 as captain Martín Montoya came in off the right wing, cut inside Mario Tičinović and beat Sluga with a left-foot shot.
Croatia managed to keep the score down thereafter although Spain did still add a sixth late on as Álvaro got his second after a fine cross from Tello.
©UEFA.com 1998-2013. All rights reserved.
|Julen Lopetegui (ESP)||Ivan Šušak (CRO)|
|Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)|
|Wilco Lobbert (NED), Patrick Langkamp (NED)|
|Ed Janssen (NED)|