Belgium were the runners-up last season, losing the final to Britain and the Murray brothers. However, the Croatians started as the favourites in Liège to win the tie on clay, as they have higher-ranked players in their team.
On Friday, Belgium's best-ranked player David Goffin (ATP-16) was only just able to save Belgium from falling 0-2 behind. Goffin was complaining of a serious headache, but eventually won in 5 sets, after throwing away a two-set lead against Borna Coric. This put Belgium and Croatia level at 1-1 after the opening day.
On Saturday, Goffin teamed up with Ruben Bemelmans for the doubles, but the Croatians proved much too strong against an error-prone Belgian team. Ivan Dodig and Franko Skugor won in straight sets, as only the opening set proved a tough one: 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-1.
The Belgians are facing almost a mission impossible on Sunday to win the two remaining singles matches, but enjoy the home advantage.