Yellow Tigers just miss European final

In volleyball, the Belgian national women's team was narrowly beaten by Germany (3-2) at the European Championships. The Yellow Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the semi-finals, but the German women came back in the match, supported by the big crowd in Berlin. Belgium could have set a first by reaching the final, but will now have to battle it out for the bronze against Serbia.

The Yellow Tigers had beaten France and Switzerland and even stunned European giants in the group stage. In the quarter-finals, they moved past France again.

The Belgian underdogs also had their chances against Germany, although Belgium is only ranked 39th in the world, while the German women are on number 9. However, Belgium started well in the first two sets, taking it 25-18 and 25-20.

The 9,000 German fans kept supporting their team as if nothing had happened and the tables turned: 25-21 and 25-21 in the next two sets, and Germany and Belgium level. The play-off set to decide the match, was won 15-11 by Germany as the Yellow Tigers became more error-prone and with the German ladies finally finding their best form.

Coach Gert Vande Broek was of course disappointed, but was also very proud of his team. "We came so close. I think we made some good publicity for women's volleyball."

Today, the Yellow Tigers meet Serbia in a match for the bronze. Serbia was ousted 3-0 by Russia.