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Ta'Qali National Stadium (ATT 10,000) 6th September 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Anastasios Sidiropoulos

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Malta 1

C Failla (38)

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Denmark 2

L Andreasen (2)
R Camilleri (og 53)

Win relief for Denmark

Olsen's men claim three points on nervy night

Last Updated: 06/09/13 10:24pm

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Leon Andreasen: Scored an early goal for Denmark

Leon Andreasen: Scored an early goal for Denmark

Denmark earned three welcome points to keep their World Cup dream alive but were anything but convincing as they laboured to a 2-1 victory over Malta in Friday's qualifier in Ta'Qali.

Three months on from a humiliating 4-0 home loss to Armenia in their last Group B outing, Morten Olsen's men again looked far from assured and needed a 53rd-minute own goal from Ryan Camilleri to seal a nervy win.

Denmark had earlier taken the lead inside 90 seconds through Leon Andreasen, but group minnows Malta levelled through Clayton Failla's wonderful free-kick seven minutes before the interval and Denmark struggled to assert themselves in the second period.

The Danes will need to raise their game if they are to exact revenge on Armenia - with whom they are now level on nine points - when they meet for their return fixture in Yerevan on Tuesday.

The pain of June's mauling at Armenia's hands has been felt by the Danes all summer, and they wasted no time in venting their frustration tonight as they took the lead with just over a minute on the clock when Martin Braithwaite crossed and Andreasen steered home into the bottom-left corner.

Denmark failed to kick on from that point, however, and John Mintoff almost levelled for Malta after 17 minutes only for the feet of visiting goalkeeper Stephan Andersen to intervene.

The warning signs were there for the fragile Danes and Malta duly broke through in the 37th minute when Failla curled home a fine free-kick from 25 yards.

Malta went close to taking the lead five minutes into the second half but Michael Mifsud's header came back off the crossbar.

And within three minutes Denmark profited from their fortune to retake the lead, Tottenham new boy Christian Eriksen running at the home defence and hitting a rising shot that came down off the crossbar before being turned into the net off Camilleri, who was attempting to clear the danger.

Andreasen and Eriksen tested home goalkeeper Justin Haber in what time remained, but Malta were never out of it and will feel aggrieved to go away with nothing to show for their efforts.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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