|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.
England made sure of a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after goals from Steven Caulker and Jonjo Shelvey earned the Group 8 leaders a 2-0 victory in Azerbaijan.
Stuart Pearce's visitors went ahead when Tottenham Hotspur FC defender Caulker headed in from Shelvey's free-kick in the 28th minute. It was Shelvey himself who settled the result with the second goal seven minutes from time, a fine finish after a ball from the right by Liverpool FC team-mate Martin Kelly.
With 18 points from a possible 21, England can look forward with confidence to Monday's final group qualifier at home against Norway, two points behind them in second. Although Norway can still pip England to top spot, Pearce's side are certain of finishing as one of the four best runners-up. As for Azerbaijan, their campaign ended with this defeat, their fifth in eight games, which leaves them in fourth place with seven points.
Azerbaijan's hopes of bowing out on a high flickered early on when from Mirhüseyin Seyidov's corner, Araz Abdullayev had an effort blocked and Cavid Imamverdiyev headed the loose ball wide. England then gained control, though, and dominated possession against opponents seemingly happy to play on the counterattack.
England could have had more goals than the two they managed: Thomas Ince and Wilfred Zaha both missed from close range while home goalkeeper Salahat Aghayev kept out a Marvin Sordell effort. Azerbaijan threatened again on the hour when Imamverdiyev broke into the box and shot over but that was as good as it got for the home side.
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|Bernhard Lippert (GER)||Stuart Pearce (ENG)|
|Antonis Giachos (GRE)|
|Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Michael Karsiotis (GRE)|
|Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)|