The former Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City stars played a huge part in what turned out to be a memorable night in South America as Chile defied the odds and knocked out 2010 World Cup champions Spain from the competition.
Although Spain were heavily defeated by the Netherlands in their World Cup opener, the general consensus before the match was that Del Bosque’s men would run rampant in Rio de Janeiro and put themselves in a good position to qualify for the knockout stage on Monday.
Nevertheless, the impressive Chilean national team were quick out of the blocks and put a tired looking Spain side to the sword and had Ramos and Co on the ropes early on in the game.
In the 19th minute of the match their bombardment on the Spain goal paid off when the Valencia attacker Eduardo Vargas intelligently committed Casillas to the floor and pocked the ball home from 10-yards.
The frustration in the Spain camp was clear to see and despite controlling the majority of the possession they struggled to really create many clear cut chances, largely due to the impressive Chilean defence.
When Aranguiz toe-poked the ball past the hapless Casillas just before half-time, the writing looked to be on the wall for Spain and a group-stage knockout seemed inevitable.
The resolute Chilean defence, which included Medel and Jara, earned the majority of the praise for the win against Spain, as well as the individual brilliance from the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez.
We took a look at the comments from Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City and general football supporters towards the Championship duo in light of their clean sheet against Spain:
Jara will be playing at a higher level than #nffc next season, that is a fact.— Jack Bryan (@jackbryan8) June 18, 2014
Gonzalo Jara keeps clean sheets against Spain... Concedes 3 against Yeovil! #nffc— Forest Logic (@ForestLogic) June 18, 2014
So Jara was in an team that conceded 4 against Bournmouth yet he is now in a defence that is keeping a clean sheet against Spain... #nffc— Rory Hodson (@RoryHodson) June 18, 2014
We need Gary Medel to have a good World Cup, chances are he's going so the better he plays the more £££ we get! #CCFC— Luke⚽ (@BluebirdLuke) June 18, 2014
Cant see why CCFC fans moan about medel. Our results when he didnt play we're the worst. End of season lul, yeah but always was a top player— Paul East (@CCFCPaulE) June 18, 2014
I hope Cardiff fans don't overhype Medel. We KNOW he can't do it on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke #ccfc— Allan Williams (@AllanDLWilliams) June 18, 2014
That awkward moment when £80m worth of #CFC strikers are kept quiet by a Cardiff midfielder and a journeyman Notts Forest centre-half.— Yakatak Soccer (@YakatakSoccer) June 18, 2014
Nothing to worry about with Costa, fortunately he won't come up against a Notts Forest centre half every week— Andrew Gibbins (@gibbinsa) June 18, 2014