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.
Italy are in a commanding position at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 7 after two second-half goals from Mattia Destro accounted for Turkey.
Destro, who scored when the Azzurrini triumphed by the same score in the reverse fixture last month, struck on 49 and 90 minutes. The hosts were down to ten men by the time the AC Siena striker doubled his tally, Sefa Yilmaz having been shown a straight red card with a little over a quarter of an hour remaining.
The result not only maintains Italy's perfect record in the section − they have won all four of their matches − but makes them overwhelming favourites to top the group. Ciro Ferrara's side are level on points with second-placed Turkey but, significantly, have played two games less.
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|Raşit Çetiner (TUR)||Ciro Ferrara (ITA)|
|Stuart Attwell (ENG)|
|Adam Watts (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)|
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