Almost all the excitement in a largely drab game came in the final moments of stoppage time, with the Cameroonians equalising on 93 minutes before the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2014 top scorer completed her brace directly from the restart. Castellanos had already scored one superb goal by this point, but all everyone will be talking about this evening is her amazing winner from the halfway line.
Even Castellanos rarely had a sight of goal, but she sprang spectacularly to life in 23 minutes to break the deadlock. Like her winner, this was a moment of real inspiration from one of the women's game's rising stars, with the Vinotinto No9 - having earned the free-kick herself - curling an inch-perfect right-foot shot around the wall and in at the keeper's near post from 20 yards.
Cameroon attempted to rally, but all too often lacked composure in the final third against a well-organised Venezuelan defence. Their only real effort of note in the first-half came in injury time when, out of nothing, Claudio Dabda hammered in a 30-yard shot that rebounded back off the face of the crossbar. The loose ball fell out to Alice Djientieu but her shot was rushed and tame, and the ball rolled harmlessly into the arms of Nayluisa Caceres.
Aside from the odd nervy moment, Venezuela continued to hold the Africans at bay throughout a forgettable second half until, with the final seconds ticking down, their backline was finally breached. Elodie Metho crossed from the right and Alexandra Takounda, nipping in ahead of her marker, produced a delightful flicked finish to spark wild celebrations.
Within seconds though, Cameroon's joy turned to despair as Castellanos scored her audacious winner. Carol Mimboe wasn't especially far from her line, but even from a position inside the six-yard box the Cameroon keeper could do nothing to keep out the Venezuelan starlet's powerful effort from just inside the Africans' half. The strike will take some beating in the goal of the tournament stakes, and it has undoubtedly revived Venezuela's hopes of repeating their 2014 run to the semi-finals.
Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Deyna Castellanos (VEN)
* Germany went on to draw with Canada, consigning Cameroon to an early exit