Few pundits would have tipped Venezuela to make sure of a place in the knockout phase with one round of group games still to go. Cesar Farias's youngsters failed to share their scepticism, however, and have shown the world just what they are capable of. All that now stands between them and creating further history by winning the section is a Spain team that failed to find top gear in overcoming Nigeria. Even so, La Roja still did enough to show why they are considered one of the favourites for the title and should prove a formidable obstacle to Vinotinto aspirations.
112 - The number of times that CONMEBOL and UEFA representatives have met in the competition. The South Americans hold a clear advantage with 59 wins, 26 draws and only 27 defeats, and have come out on top in the last six meetings between teams from the two confederations. The last time Europe emerged victorious was in the last 16 at Canada 2007, when Spain beat Brazil on penalties.
"We are aware of what Spain can do. They know how to hurt you when you give them too much space, they're quick, skilful and experienced, and they are candidates for the world title. But as for fear, well we're not frightened of anything." Venezuela coach Cesar Farias
"We put a lot into the game against Nigeria and we'll need to keep an eye on cards and the amount of effort the players put in. That said, we'll be going into the Venezuela game with the same objective as the previous matches, and that's to get the win." Spain coach Luis Milla