PARIS - Barcelona's run to the Champions League final in May 2009 triggered a surge in local births, but rather less than commonly believed. Some reports said the birth rate in Catalonia rose by 45 percent nine months after a dramatic semi-final in which Andres Iniesta scored an injury-time winner against Chelsea. The victory put Barca into the final where they crushed holders Manchester United. Health statisticians explored the tale of the "Iniesta generation" was true or hype. They looked at births registered in the central Catalan counties of Solsones and Bages in February and March 2010. Twenty-six more infants were born in the February compared with the same month in preceding years -- a "significant" increase of 16.1 percent, although still short of the reported 45 percent.–AFP