|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.
A spirited nine-man Republic of Ireland side ended UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying in style with a 4-2 win against Italy.
While the Azzurri had first place in Group 7 already sewn up, Ireland had only pride to play for. They left Casarano with that very much intact despite the dismissals of Derrick Williams and Anthony Forde. Sean Murray put the visitors in front and although Luca Caldirola was quick to level, two goals from Aaron Doran either side of Conor Henderson's effort proved enough despite Forde's late red card and Stephan El Shaarawy's even later consolation.
It had all started in delightful fashion, Murray lifting the ball over Mattia Perin having been sent through by Henderson. Caldirola's 35th-minute header looked to have halted the momentum of Noel King's side, who then appeared to be firmly on the rack when Williams was given his marching orders for a foul inside the penalty area. Ciro Immobile's spot kick, however, was saved by Aaron McCarey.
It proved to be a turning point, with Doran's cool finishing and Henderson's stunning long-range strike putting Ireland 4-1 up with 14 minutes left. Forde then followed Williams into the dressing room six minutes from time before El Shaarawy's effort.
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|Devis Mangia (ITA)||Noel King (IRL)|
|Ivan Kružliak (SVK)|
|Peter Chladek (SVK), Michal Tomcik (SVK)|
|Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)|