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.
Ten-man Romania were brushed aside by group leaders France in Nantes as the hosts maintained their 100% start to life in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 9.
Goals from Rémi Cabella, Alexandre Lacazette and captain Sébastien Corchia were enough as Les Bleus won their fourth game on the spin and completed the double over their opponents, who were seen off 2-0 October.
France swiftly established dominance and Montpellier Hérault SC's Cabella put them in front. Lacazette did the hard work allowing the 21-year-old to tap in from three metres before the interval. Lacazette was once again the creator as he opened up the defence for Joshua Guilavogui after the break but the midfielder headed wide.
The Olympique Lyonnais man made sure himself on 72 minutes, collecting a long ball from Francis Coquelin before finishing smartly. Corchia fired in a terrific free-kick minutes later before Romania substitute Gheorghe Grozav received his second yellow card in the dying moments to be dismissed.
The result means France are still to concede in the group, but will come up against Slovakia's equally mean back line on 14 November as the top two face off in Angers.
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