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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.
Matej Podlogar came off the bench against Malta to score four minutes into added time and move Slovenia three points clear at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2.
When Terence Vella equalised for the visitors with 13 minutes left Slovenia's hopes of a fourth win in five outings were in the balance. However, after entering the fray not long after that goal, Podlogar showed his striking instinct, pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty box and scoring from five metres.
The early exchanges had gone as expected, with Dejan Lazarevič putting Slovenia ahead from Boban Jovič's perfectly-weighted pass. The home side were handed a warning on 52 minutes when Vella forced Jan Oblak into service, but they failed to heed the threat and the forward levelled as 90 minutes approached. Slovenia were not to be denied, however, as Podlogar proved.
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|Tomaž Kavčič (SVN)||Raymond Farrugia (MLT)|
|Nikolai Yordanov (BUL)|
|Ventsislav Gavrilov (BUL), Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)|
|Nikola Popov (BUL)|