Video: Slovakian 'Di Maria' Aston Villa target scores first international goal

The Legia Warsaw playmaker is highly regarded in Poland and his homeland.

Until last night England were perhaps the most in form team in Europe post World Cup. But after drawing with Italy that accolade is now gone, with a surprise new contender for the role ... Slovakia.

Last night they defeated neighbours the Czech Republic in an international friendly 1-0. That took their current record to eight wins in eight including big results against the likes of Spain and Ukraine. They currently top their European Championships qualifying group with 15 points from 15.

Their form is mainly based on the experience of the team, but it was their emerging star who did the business yesterday - an emerging star who is interesting Aston Villa.

A report last week in Polish press suggested that Tim Sherwood was interested in bringing Legia Warsaw star Ondrej Duda to the club this summer.

The 20-year-old Slovakian, who has been compared to Angel Di Maria, only joined Legia in February from FK Kosice, and in November last year he made his debut for the Slovakia national team.

Yesterday he made his second appearance, and found the back of the net with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.

He certainly looks a talent that Aston Villa would be lucky to have.

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