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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.
Hungary drew a line under the Republic of Ireland's lingering UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying ambitions with a Group 7 victory courtesy of first-half goals from Markó Futács and István Kovács.
The visitors' faint hopes of finishing second rested on them attaining maximum points from their two remaining games away to Hungary and Italy. Hungary were in no mood to do them any favours, however, and took control through those Futács and Kovács goals. Robbie Brady reduced the arrears five minutes before the break but the game was up for Noel King's men.
The match was just eight minutes old when Ádám Bódi's speculative effort clipped the crossbar, while Rhys Murphy went close for Ireland with a header at the other end. The home side then took the lead with a quarter of an hour gone, Futács finding the net with a crisp right-footed finish. The goalscorer turned provider on 28 minutes, crossing for the onrushing Kovács to make it two.
The action switched ends at dizzying pace and Ireland were handed a lifeline through Brady's coolly converted penalty. Aidan White also threatened before Futács failed where Brady had succeeded as Ian McLoughlin denied him from the spot on the stoke of half-time. Despite the visitors' best efforts, Hungary came closest to scoring again in the second half as Bódi fired narrowly over from close range and Futács' venomous strike was tipped round a post by McLoughlin.
With this victory, Antal Róth's fourth-placed Hungary moved within a point of the Republic of Ireland. They know now that victory in their last fixture against Liechtenstein on Monday will lift them into third if the Irish fail to win in Italy.
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