La Liga: Barcelona vs.
Barcelona have dropped four of the last six points available, failing to capitalise on Atletico Madrid's two defeats and have therefore given Real Madrid reason to believe they can pull off a miraculous comeback in the title race.
The Germany keeper twice thwarted forward Inaki Williams and kept out a stinging drive from Markel Susaeta in an intense and entertaining game in which the champions came under heavy pressure throughout.
As Bilbao upped the tempo, Williams reappeared in the final eight minutes as he sent an effort wide of the mark after collecting a cross from the right.
Barcelona's first real chance of the night arrived in the 22nd minute when Messi curled a attractive pass towards Luis Suarez, but the Uruguay global just could not get the touch which would have surely made it 1-0.
Blaugrana had half chances of their own in the closing minutes but they were not clear cut as Bilbao shot-stopper Iago Herrerín was largely untested. Barca enters the game in first place with 50 points and a record of 15-5-2, while Bilbao is in 13th place with a record of 5-11-6 and 26 points.
Ousmane Dembele made his recovery from an ankle problem as a 75th-minute substitute, taking the place of Coutinho, whose problems in a Barcelona shirt continued.
Substitute Mikel San Jose blasted just wide as the home side finally managed to put together a second-half attack with 65 minutes gone and Williams saw an audacious flick from De Marcos' cross blocked six minutes later.
Williams had a wonderful chance to send Bilbao ahead in the 80th minute when the forward met a free kick from Muniain, but the ball flew just wide of the post, before the in-form Spain worldwide fired straight at Ter Stegen from another Muniain pass moments later.
Athletic ended with 10 men when Oscar de Marcos was shown a second yellow card in injury time for handball.