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.
Two goals in the first nine minutes sealed victory for Bulgaria and lifted Michail Madanski's team into second place in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 10.
Momchil Tsvetanov and Rosen Kolev got the goals to lift Bulgaria to within two points of the Netherlands, who have a game in hand. Austria, who now visit Bulgaria on Tuesday, are fourth on four points after a three-game winless run.
Bulgaria took the lead with their first attack, Tsvetanov giving the visitors the perfect start when he turned in a left-wing cross from Aleksandar Tsvetkov. Indeed, it could have been 2-0 moments later had Austria goalkeeper Jörg Siebenhandl not denied Borislav Baldzhiski.
The second goal soon arrived, however, with Kolev the scorer. Tsvetanov took a corner from the right and when the ball came back to him, he delivered a high cross which Kolev headed powerfully in from close range. The only opportunity of note for the home side was a late effort from Patrick Farkas.
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|Andreas Herzog (AUT)||Mihail Madanski (BUL)|
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|Yevhen Khalamendyk (UKR), Natalia Rachynska (UKR)|
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