Denmark beat Malta with Larsen double

TA' QALI, Malta - Soren Larsen scored twice as Denmark extended their unbeaten start in World Cup qualifying Group One with a routine 3-0 victory over Malta on Saturday. Larsen fired Denmark ahead after 12 minutes when he tapped the ball past Malta goalkeeper Justin Haber from close range after receiving a perfect pass from Dennis Rommedahl. Another lapse in concentration by the Maltese defence gifted Denmark a second goal after 23 minutes. Martin Jorgensen unpicked the Maltese defence with a floating pass from midfield and the unmarked Larsen prodded past Haber. Malta, the livelier side in the opening minutes, tried to produce a reaction and Michael Mifsud caught the eye with surging runs but the Danish defence held firm. The second half produced few scoring chances but Denmark increased their lead in the dying minutes when Morten Nordstrand, who had just replaced Larsen, beat Haber with a rising shot. "We like to play good football but we came here to win, that's the bottom line," Denmark coach Morten Olsen told reporters. Denmark, who have 10 points from four matches, will host Albania on Wednesday. Malta, bottom of the group with one point from six games, are away to Hungary who are level with Denmark on 10 points from five matches.