Germany's players will need steel
helmets for protection when Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo lines
up to take free-kicks in their Euro 2012 Group B match in Lviv
on Saturday, 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 commiting
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
"At 20, 25 or even 30 metres we need to be clever in the
one-on-one situations. Ronaldo has an exceptional free-kick
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