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

the Wolves.

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.”