As the near-mythical saga of the Icelandic football team continued last night, it was documented once again by Grapevine illustrator Lóa. As regular readers might know, a Lóa illustration is worth 10,000 words (yep, she’s that good). Her quickdraw commentary of the Iceland Vs. England match at Euro 2016 (henceforth known Brexit 2—The Smiting) is a quintessential component of understanding exactly what went down.
For those of you who weren’t following her rapid-fire commentary in real-time via Grapevine’s Instagram, we’ve done you a solid and compiled the drawings below for your viewing pleasure.
Much like the actual game, Lóa had a bit of her own rough start.
Just a ruse to throw off the English. Obviously they know their national anthem …
Those first ten minutes; what a doozy.
That style, impeccable.
Political discourse is always fodder for trash-talking.
The man’s an athlete himself.
Please, we know dreamboats. And their names all end in son’s. (Or, in rare occasions when sen is also permissible.)
The man knows how to give a performance (but we hear the critics deem them all flops).
There are few sights more beautiful.
The whole country banded together (there had to be forty, fifty people out there on that hill).
It’s times like these we realise all sports share certain characteristics.
Even the youth were stress eating at this point.
Twas a thing of beauty.
We are the twelfth man (viking).
A quick illustrator-life-crisis.
Would Iceland be able to keep the lead, heading into the final minutes?
England’s Harry Kane couldn’t do much with that free-kick. (Can you blame him? Just look at the intimidating countenance he faced.)
And then, it happened. We said they would smite and smite they did.