|7||Hungary||Republic of Ireland|
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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.
Italy are assured of a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs following a 7-0 victory against ten-man Liechtenstein.
The Azzurri had a perfect record in Group 7 prior to their sixth and most recent outing, the 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in June , but they returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion in Caserano. Giuseppe De Luca scored twice either side of Ciro Immobile, and Stephan El Shaarawy and Federico Viviani then found the net just prior to the interval to make it 5-0. El Shaarawy added another before Jacopo Sala's penalty made it seven with ten minutes left.
De Luca gave the Azzurri the perfect start when he slid in to meet El Shaarawy's cross on eight minutes, and he then laid on Immobile for the second 20 minutes later. The visitors' task became a mountainous one when Olcay Gür was dismissed on 35 minutes, with De Luca soon capitalising with a composed finish having latched on to Marco Capuano's through ball.
El Shaarawy struck the fourth after a neat one-two with Immobile, before Viviani's spectacular fifth from distance. Though Liechtenstein provided more resistance after the break, El Shaarawy's second and Sala's spot kick completed the rout.
"Maybe everybody took it for granted that we would win, but I am very happy with the approach and the performance," said Italy coach Devis Mangia. "For the first 20 minutes, it was hard to find gaps, but we did well to get in front of goal despite the limited room. This really is a united squad and that is the most positive thing for a coach. I don't make any calculations [about possible play-off opponents] and say one is better than another, I'll just accept the draw."
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|Devis Mangia (ITA)||René Pauritsch (AUT)|
|Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP)|
|Doros Touros (CYP), Marios Dimitriadis (CYP)|
|Kostas Psevdiotis (CYP)|