Laura Nunnink was named player of the match in the 3-1 win against Belgium ©Getty Images

The Netherlands fought back from a goal down to claim an important win in the women's International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey Pro League against Belgium at Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam.

Approximately 5,000 fans watched Alyson Annan's team make it to wins from two for the 2021-2022 season.

With recent victories over Germany seeing them climb up to an all-time high of seventh in the FIH World Rankings, the Red Panthers came into this contest with confidence, determined to avenge the 2-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Oranje four weeks ago.

Raoul Ehren's side were outstanding in the first period, forcing the Dutch onto the back foot and winning a string of unconverted penalty corners before breaking the deadlock a minute into the second period.

The goal came from Stephanie Vanden Borre, who dispatched a penalty corner moments after Dutch captain Eva de Goede left the field injured after standing on the ball in her own defensive circle.

The Netherlands beat Belgium for the second time this season after a 2-0 win on October 13 ©Getty Images
The Netherlands beat Belgium for the second time this season after a 2-0 win on October 13 ©Getty Images

Despite the inspirational De Goede playing no further part in the contest, the Dutch used the half-time break to re-group before producing a match-winning third-quarter display in which they scored three times without reply in just five minutes.

Joosje Burg, Freeke Moes and Lidewij Welten all scored from open play as the Dutch demonstrated why they are the reigning world, Olympic, European an Pro League champions.

"We hadn’t seen each other for a few weeks, since the last game, so I think it was completely normal that we needed some time to find each other again," said player of the match Laura Nunnink of The Netherlands.

"In the second half it was way better.

"We were finding each other, passing the ball to each other and played the sort of hockey that we are famous for."

The fixture was the last of 2021, with the women's Pro League season set to resume with The Netherlands versus Spain on February 4.