|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.
Portugal missed the chance to leapfrog Russia at the top of Group 6 after they were held 0-0 by Poland in Gdynia.
As Russia concluded their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Moldova, Rui Jorge's side would have finished top on the head-to-head rule had they picked up three points in this, their final 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship group qualifier.
However, they were unable to take their chances against a Poland team already consigned to third place, notably when substitute Abel Camará failed to turn in Salvador Agra's cross at close range with 13 minutes remaining. As a result, they finished with 15 points from their eight matches.
After Portugal had controlled possession in a first half of few opportunities, the game opened up as both sides sought a winner in the second period. Michał Żyro, author of Poland's only effort of note before the break, threatened with a free-kick, then André Martins and Wilson Eduardo went close for the visitors.
After Camará's key miss, Mateusz Mak, Piotr Malarczyk and Jakub Świerczok all brought saves out of Portugal's Anthony Lopes in an exciting finish. Eduardo might have stolen it for the visitors at the last, but was foiled by goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski four minutes into added time.
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|Stefan Majewski (POL)||Rui Jorge (POR)|
|Michael Oliver (ENG)|
|Jake Collin (ENG), Simon Long (ENG)|
|Stuart Attwell (ENG)|