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Hard hats, German players and Ronaldo free kicks!

Germany's players will need steel helmets for protection when Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo lines up to take free kicks, in Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick said. Ronaldo packs a powerful strike from dead-ball situations and the Germans have been told to minimise the risk of committing fouls outside the box in one-on-one situations.

"I think just steel helmets and to make themselves big," Flick told reporters on Friday when asked how the Germans planned to deal with any potential free kicks from the Portuguese forward.

"At 20, 25 or even 30 metres we need to be clever in the one-on-one situations. Ronaldo has an exceptional free kick quality."

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