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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.
Russia are in pole position to qualify for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship from qualifying Group 6 after posting a 4-1 comeback victory against Poland, who finished the game with ten men.
The hosts knew victory would take them top of their section but their hopes looked bleak when Poland captain Artur Sobiech broke the deadlock after seven minutes. Nikolai Pisarev's side responded through Shota Bibilov 15 minutes later, before Denis Cheryshev struck either side of Fedor Smolov's 88th-minute effort to cement an impressive second-half display.
Poland started with optimism and intent and were rewarded when Sobiech made no mistake from close range. Arkadiusz Milik then forced Nikolai Zabolotni into a smart save, before Bibilov lifted the gloom by converting Cheryshev's centre with an imperious header.
The visitors rallied after the break and almost regained the lead when Michał Żyro struck the woodwork, before Russia forward Cheryshev wrestled back the initiative when his fierce cross eluded goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski. Daniel Łukasik's red card made Poland's task even more arduous with eight minutes remaining. Smolov soon doubled Russia's advantage, before Cheryshev completed the scoring in added time.
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