Spanish leader Madrid faces tough test at Osasuna

JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press Published:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Real Madrid's campaign for its first Spanish league title in four seasons faces a tough test at Osasuna on Saturday, while second-place Barcelona hosts Athletic Bilbao in a preview of the Copa del Rey final.

After seeing its once commanding lead over Barcelona cut from 10 points to six, Madrid has since rediscovered its form with a 5-1 rout of Real Sociedad and a 3-0 win at Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League.

With nine games to play, Madrid begins its challenging final stretch with a visit to one of the league's quiet surprises.

Osasuna is undefeated in its last six matches and has only lost twice in 15 home games this season at the always raucous Reyno de Navarra stadium, where Barcelona fell 3-2 just last month.