|7||Republic of Ireland||Hungary|
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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.
Poland began their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6 campaign with a convincing 3-0 victory against Albania in Korca.
After a goalless first half, the visitors sprung into life with Lukasz Teodorczyk opening the scoring on 51 minutes. The result was never in doubt after Teodorczyk grabbed his second of the game with ten minutes remaining and Ariel Borysiuk put the icing on the cake in added time.
Michał Kucharczyk should have given Poland the lead as early as the fifth minute but his header narrowly cleared the crossbar. The best chance of the first half fell to Albania who almost forged ahead when Roland Peqini's pass was nearly turned into his own net by Poland captain Grzegorz Krychowiak.
Spurred on by Stefan Majewski's half-time team talk, Poland came out firing after the break and forged ahead when Teodorczyk latched on to Kucharczyk's pass before slotting past Stivi Frasheri. Poland extended their lead through Teodorczyk on 80 minutes and Ariel Borysiuk completed the scoring in added time.
Poland will look for back-to-back victories against Russia on Tuesday while Albania host Moldova on the same day.
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|Artan Bushati (ALB)||Stefan Majewski (POL)|
|Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)|
|Peter Vesterholm (SWE), Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)|
|Bojan Pandžić (SWE)|