Belgium, ranked 50th in the world, defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in Vilvoorde on Wednesday night to inflict a second loss in two games on the 7th ranked team in the world, who has now lost four of their last five matches.
In the final match of a two-game series, used by both teams in preparation for European Championship qualifying matches this weekend, the Belgian squad, coached by the Dutchman Appie Krijnsen, won the clash 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, highlighting some serious concerns for the Netherlands.
Both teams were at full strength with Dutch skipper Reinder Nummerdor returning to the national lineup after his Italian club team Milano lost their semifinal battle in the Italian play-offs. For Belgium, Wout Wijsmans also returned from Italy as his team Lube Macerata suffered the same fate.
On Tuesday, Belgium won the first match in straight sets giving the Dutch, who leave on Thursday for Macedonia where they will play against Spain, Slovenia and Macedonia in European Championship qualifying matches starting on Friday, plenty to think about.