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.
Turkey started brightly but could not maintain the pace as goals from Riccardo Saponara and Mattia Destro gave Italy their third UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying victory.
Carlo Pinsoglio was forced to make an early save from Sefa Yilmaz after a lapse in the Italian defence, but a fifth successive Group 7 win never looked to be on the cards for Turkey.
Destro and Fausto Rossi both had sights of goal before Lorenzo Insigne beat two defenders on the left and set up the ever-influential Manolo Gabbiadini, whose ball for Saponara left the Empoli FC striker with a simple finish on the stroke of half-time.
Italy might have had a second within two minutes of the restart when Destro set up Insigne, but another goal was not long in coming, Gabbiadini teeing up Destro, whose clumsy shot beat Özkan Karabulut a little more by luck than judgement.
The goalkeeper denied substitute Alessandro Florenzi another, with Insigne's late dismissal for a second booking taking a little of the gloss off a win that leaves Ciro Ferrara's side with an unsullied record after three games this campaign.
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