|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.
Romania secured their first victory in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 9 thanks to goals against Latvia either side of the break from Nicolae Stanciu and George Ţucudean.
Stanciu latched onto Gheorghe Grozav's pass to open the scoring six minutes before half-time and the hosts doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Ţucudean lifted the ball over the onrushing Kristaps Dzelme superbly.
After drawing their opening two qualifiers against Kazakhstan, Romania seemed determined to make their mark against Latvia. They did just that on 39 minutes as Grozav found Stanciu in space to give the hosts the lead. Paul Anton almost extended the advantage in first-half added time but his long-range effort came back off the bar.
Emil Săndoi's side grabbed a second when Gabriel Enache flicked goalkeeper Dinu Moldovan's long ball into the path of Ţucudean and the FC Dinamo Bucureşti forward showed his class with a fine lob over Dzelme. Latvia's Alans Siņeļņikovs came close to getting his side back into the match only for his effort to come back off the frame of the goal 15 minutes from time. Both sides are back in action on 11 October when Romania host France and Latvia entertain Slovakia.
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|Emil Săndoi (ROU)||Mihails Zemļinskis (LVA)|
|Alain Bieri (SUI)|
|Charles Helbling (SUI), Bruno Zurbrügg (SUI)|
|Ludovic Gremaud (SUI)|