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 Outcomes of the biggest derbies in 2021

Another enthralling calendar year jammed-full of high-profile footballing derbies is drawing to a close.

Long-standing rivalries are an integral part of football, often drawing the world's attention more than title-deciding match-ups.

From ‘pick-em’ matches where the best betting outcome is to place a sure bet – i.e. practice betting arbitrage – to derbies where upsets are only part of the story, we’ve covered the five best derby matches from this year.

Bundesliga - Robert Lewandowski vs Erling Haaland

Bayern Munich came from a two-goal down to record a 4-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund in last season's exhilarating Bundesliga fixture back in March.

Erling Haaland bagged a quick-fire brace inside the opening ten minutes of play to give the Bavarians a mountain to climb, but his Munich counterpart Robert Lewandowski was up to the task.

The Pole drew Bayern level already in the first half, turning home Leroy Sane's assist before the half-hour mark before converting a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Little did the fans at the Allianz Arena know they'd have to wait until the 88th minute to see their side complete the turnaround through Leon Goretzka.

Lewandowski put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute to complete his second hat-trick against the former club and set the tone for another triumphant Bundesliga season.

La Liga - Real Madrid gave Lionel Messi a parting gift to remember  

Real Madrid defeated Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu in Lionel Messi's final appearance in the famous El Clasico, running out 2-1 victors back in April.   

Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos gave Los Merengues a comfortable two-goal cushion at half-time before Oscar Minguez pulled one back for the Catalans right on the hour mark.  

Though this encounter might not go down in the history books as one of the most exciting El Clasico editions, the Blaugrana faithful will remember it as Leo Messi's last outing against arch-rivals.   

A few months after going down in Madrid, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, marking the end of an era at Camp Nou.

Ligue 1 - Title-deciding win in Paris

New Nice manager Christophe Galtier led his former side Lille to an unexpected Ligue 1 title last season, beating country’s powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain to the crown.

Les Dogues' title pursuit shaped up at one of the most intimidating venues in France as they stormed through the Parc des Princes in April.

Coveted striker Jonathan David broke the deadlock in the 31st minute to fire Lille in front against a star-studded PSG team.

Even though few expected to see Les Parisiens draw a blank in front of attending home fans, new Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan kept the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at bay.

Frustration boiled over as the Brazilian superstar received his second yellow of the game in the dying moments to surrender an all-important three points to fierce rivals. 

  Premier League - Second-half drama at Anfield  

Liverpool and Manchester City shared the spoils in an action-packed Premier League draw at Anfield as Pep Guardiola's side hit back twice to eke out a 2-2 draw in October.

There was plenty of unsurprising mutual respect on display in the first half in a meeting between the conquerors of the last four league crowns.   

Following a goalless half-time, few had expected a four-game thriller in the second half, but both teams made sure to put on a show in one of the most exciting Premier League fixtures this season.

Liverpool hit the front twice after half-time through Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne restored parity for Man City on separate occasions.

Serie A - Romelu Lukaku's stunning solo run in Derby della Madonnina

Inter Milan swept aside fierce rivals AC Milan in last season's Derby della Madonnina in an overwhelming 3-0 win highlighted by Romelu Lukaku's brilliant solo goal.

Stakes were high as old foes exchanged courtesies back in February, with the Serie A title pace in full swing.

However, Antonio Conte's men made light work of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co.

Lautaro Martinez found the net either side of half-time to hand the Nerazzurri a comprehensive two-goal lead before Lukaku single-handedly tore apart Milan's backline.

The Belgian striker picked up the ball in the centre of the pitch and evaded Franck Kessie and Alessio Romagnoli before smashing the ball in Gianluigi Donnarumma's bottom right corner.

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