|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.
The Netherlands opened their qualifying campaign for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 1-0 victory against Bulgaria.
On the first day of Group 10 action on the road to Israel 2013, it was the Dutch who got off to the ideal start in Lovech. Substitute Genero Zeefuik did the damage, coming off the bench midway through the second half and striking the decisive blow 12 minutes from time. Cor Pot's team, who go to Luxembourg on Wednesday, are second in the section behind Austria.
Bulgaria resume their campaign in Scotland on Monday no doubt rueful over how close they came to flying out of the blocks on Thursday. Alexandar Tonev twice came close to putting them in front in the first half, hitting the bar with a powerful shot after ten minutes before being denied by Jeroen Zoet's wonderful stop nine minutes from the break.
The Netherlands were themselves denied by the woodwork soon after when Jerson Cabral struck a post. It was Bulgaria, though, who again took the initiative in the second half, with captain Aleksandar Tsvetkov this time the one thwarted by Zoet after an impressive break into the penalty area. The Dutch No1's fine work was rewarded when Zeefuik headed in Jordy Clasie's free-kick.
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|Mihail Madanski (BUL)||Cor Pot (NED)|
|Ruddy Buquet (FRA)|
|Christophe Capelli (FRA), Guillaume Debart (FRA)|
|Sébastien Moreira (FRA)|