|7||Republic of Ireland||Hungary|
|1||Belarus||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
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.
Runners-up this summer, Switzerland had to settle for a goalless draw against Estonia as they started their bid to reach the 2013 finals.
Switzerland had the best of a tight contest but could not find a way through, with the hosts coming more and more into the game as it progressed. Content to defend in the first half, Frank Bernhardt's Estonia showed greater ambition after the break. Nevertheless, the spoils were shared as both teams got their Group 5 campaigns under way.
The visitors dominated possession early on but could not create many clear-cut openings. Pajtim Kasami's 24th-minute free-kick was saved by Marko Meerits, while Rolf Feltscher shot just wide soon after. Estonia's first real attack came ten minutes before half-time, and Meerits had to be on his guard once again to keep out a misdirected header from team-mate Andrei Veis, before the keeper pushed away a Haris Seferović effort.
Estonia continued their brave resistance upon the restart but also started to cause their visitors problems. Captain Henri Anier fired just wide as the game opened up a tad, and Albert Prosa was also proving to be a thorn in the side of Pierluigi Tami's team.
The closing stages belonged to Switzerland, though, and Meerits nearly undid all his good work as the pressure mounted, but Artjom Artjunin was on hand to clear off the line following the keeper's mistake.
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|Frank Bernhardt (GER)||Pierluigi Tami (SUI)|
|Anar Salmanov (AZE)|
|Vagif Musayev (AZE), Yashar Abbasov (AZE)|
|Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)|