Barcelona start 2017 with defeat at nine-man Bilbao

Garcia and then Iturraspe had few complaints after seeing second yellow cards for late challenges on Neymar.

More Messi magic nearly prevented Barca starting the year with defeat as he danced past two defenders before a desperate saving challenge from Mikel San Jose prevented the Argentine getting a shot off.

And in the dying seconds Messi smashed a loose ball inside the area off the inside of the post as Athletic desperately held on the for final whistle.

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