Denmark defeat Albania to stay top

COPENHAGEN - Denmark stayed top of World Cup qualifying Group One with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Albania on Wednesday. Leon Andreasen opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a dipping shot from 30 metres which bounced in front of Albanian goalkeeper Isli Hidi before flying into the net. Six minutes later, Dennis Rommedahl exploited confusion in the Albanian defence to break free on the right and cross the ball for Soren Larsen to slide in and prod it home. Albania never threatened the Danes, who scored again through Christian Poulsen in the 80th minute in a goalmouth scramble following a corner. Denmark lead the group on 13 points, the same as Hungary but with a better goal difference. Portugal, Sweden and Albania all have six points, with Malta bottom of the standings on one.