Former Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel talked about Russia's hard-fought win over Spain and praised Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev for helping the host nation to progress to the World Cup quarter-final, when speaking from Nizhniy Novgorod on Sunday. «It was not pretty, but it was gritty, and sometimes football matches are won like that,» said Schmeichel about Russia's performance in the... Еще showdown with Spain, explaining that it was 'efficient' even though not that 'beautiful.' He stressed that Russia’s determination to win as they 'never gave up' enabled them to secure the victory. Schmeichel praised Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev's performance whose stunning penalty shootout let Russia take the lead. «We know he has this reputation as being a good penalty saver,» noted the Danish football star. Schmeichel suggested that Akinfeev 'deserves a statue' in his honour.