The British duo of Josh Goodall and Dan Evans both won their opening sets of their singles matches but went on to lose in four sets.
Goodall was beaten 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-4 6-4 by Steve Darcis, who is ranked 185 places higher than the Briton. Evans missed two set point chances in the third set before losing 3-6 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 to Olivier Rochus.
Victory in the tie at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena would send Great Britain into a World Group play-off.Goodall — playing in only his second Davis Cup match, in place of Andy Murray and the injured Jamie Ward — held his serve in the opening set before clinching the tie-break 7-2.
But he dropped the eighth game of the second set and immediately lost the opening game of the third with his first double fault of the match.It was a pattern that was repeated in the fourth set when world number 68 Darcis broke Goodall’s first service game before serving out the match. — BBCSport