By Sean Fisher

30th Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United: Danish media rips Rasmus Kristensen to shreds after horror World Cup performance v Australia

Leeds United defender Rasmus Kristensen started for Denmark on Wednesday afternoon as his nation crashed out of the World Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Australia.

Denmark’s dismal World Cup campaign ended in disaster on Wednesday, with Matthew Leckie scoring the only goal of the game.

Kristensen was handed a starting spot after his impressive performance v France on Saturday afternoon, but the Leeds United summer signing endured a match to forget, with manager Kasper Hjulmand dragging him off at half-time.

Danish media certainly didn’t hold back when reflecting on Kristensen’s performance.

Ekstra Bladet gave Kristensen a one-star rating for his horror show performance and added: “Nissen was nowhere near his beautiful performance against Kylian Mbappé and France. 

“Where did the energy go? The desire to come first? Devoid of presence, he never found his feet, and Kasper Hjulmand chose to take him out at half-time and replace him with Alexander Bah.”

Danish outlet B.T. also ripped into the 25-year-old for his performance, giving him another one-star rating and writing: “With the surfboard under his arm, he fumbled up and down the flank in search of an Australian who wanted to join him on the beach, but the Aussies were in no way interested in inviting the Dane out on anything other than a desert hike, and that upset Rasmus Nissen.

“He was ripped off in the break.”

Tournament to forget

Kristensen has been a mainstay in the Leeds starting lineup since his summer move, although Luke Ayling has been providing competition for his spot since returning to fitness.

Kristensen would’ve hoped for a strong World Cup campaign to convince Jesse Marsch to stick with him as a starter when the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day.

However, all the right-back has done is expose his flaws and lower his confidence ahead of his return to Elland Road. Strangely, his only good performance in the tournament came against France when he marked Kylian Mbappe but even then his performance wasn’t quite up to scratch.

Kristensen could do with a good break before returning to Yorkshire hopefully refreshed and ready to put his World up nightmare behind him.

But as Leeds prepare to face Manchester City when the league resumes, Marsch may have half an eye on starting Ayling at right-back after what he’s seen in Qatar.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani provides a ‘very intense’ reaction to Tuesday’s events after watching Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson