|1||Belarus||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|7||Turkey||Republic of Ireland|
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.
Turkey strengthened their hand in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 7 with a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland.
The hosts, already victorious in their opening two fixtures of the campaign, took just ten minutes to take the lead once more, Şahin Aygüneş putting them in front. Ireland, who had won their first qualifier against Hungary, had no answer to that early strike and now trail Turkey by six points, with Italy also six points back but boasting two games in hand.
The Group 7 action resumes when the Azzurrini travel to Liechtenstein on 6 October, before Turkey play host to Hungary the following day. Ireland will hope to bounce back in Liechtenstein on 11 October, when Italy and Turkey lock horns in Rieti.
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|Raşit Çetiner (TUR)||Noel King (IRL)|
|Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)|
|Mauro Tonolini (ITA), Michele Giordano (ITA)|
|Marco Guida (ITA)|