|7||Republic of Ireland||Hungary|
|1||Belarus||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
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.
Belgium were left ruing a lack of cutting edge in their first match of qualifying Group 8 after losing 2-1 to Iceland, for whom Björn Sigurdarson scored twice.
Sigurdarson opened the scoring on 25 minutes when he ran on to Björn Sverrisson's through ball and deftly chipped goalkeeper Colin Coosemans. Though Francky Dury's side controlled the game for long spells and restored parity before the break through Christian Benteke, who was unfortunate not add to his tally, Sigurdarson had the final say with three minutes remaining.
Set clear by Kristinn Steindórsson, the Lilleström SK striker kept his composure for a second time, ensuring the hosts of a winning start in their bid to reach the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals for the second successive tournament.
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|Tómas Tómasson (ISL)|
|Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)|
|Antonin Kordula (CZE), Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)|
|Radek Matějek (CZE)|