By Joe Ellis

30th Nov, 2022 | 7:40pm

Rasmus Kristensen becomes Denmark villain as Leeds United ace hauled off at half-time v Australia

While Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson reached the last 16 of the World Cup with the USA, Leeds United teammate Rasmus Kristensen is out.

Denmark had to beat Australia in their final group-stage game and hope that the star-studded France would defeat Tunisia to reach the round of 16 but it all fell apart for the Danes.

Matthew Leckie scored the only goal of the game to send the Socceroos through and Tunisia holding off the reigning world champions saw Denmark finish bottom of a group they should have gotten out of.

Kristensen started all three group games but a particularly poor showing in the first half against the lesser-fancied Aussies saw him hauled off at half-time by his manager.

With many tipping the Danes to be dark horses at the World Cup in Qatar, Kristensen and his fellow international teammates will not be returning to Copenhagen as the heroes they hoped to be.

But for Leeds United and Jesse Marsch, it is something of a blessing in disguise as he now has longer than anticipated to get himself ready for the return of the Premier League.

All hopes of a Leeds player lifting the famous trophy now rest on Adams and Aaronson with the stars and stripes who will have to make it past the Netherlands on Saturday (3 December).

It might seem unlikely but they only have to look to their distraught Elland Road teammate to see what is possible at this strange World Cup.

Kristensen must now put this major disappointment behind him and focus solely on endearing himself to the Leeds supporters with a very important run of games to come after Christmas.

In other Leeds United news, Adams was on sensational form for the US against Iran and this BBC pundit was left in awe of him.