Labbadia: No blame game
The Bosnian striker saw an 87th-minute penalty saved and he then
missed the rebound before Bas Dost scored a last-minute winner for
Labbadia, though, was quick to point out how Ibisevic’s two
goals against Dinamo Moscow on Wednesday put his side on the verge
of reaching the Europa League group stage.
“He has done so much good for us since arriving and these are
just things that happen, unfortunately,” Labbadia said.
“I also missed penalties so I know the situation. It is a shame
for the team because otherwise we would have been on course for
victory, but we cannot change that now.”
Ibisevic helped Stuttgart into the top six last season with
eight goals and seven assists in 15 games following his arrival
from Hoffenheim, earning him forgiveness for yesterday’s miss.
“The keeper made a good save, but then I go and stupidly hit the
rebound wide,” he told Sky television.
Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio admitted he had not expected
to see Ibisevic fire the rebound wide.
“I just trusted my instincts and fortunately I was right,” he
said. “And then when he shot wide, we had luck on our side.”