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BERLIN, Germany -- New Brazilian signing Mineiro struck with a long-range blast in the final minute to give Hertha Berlin a 2-1 win at home to luckless Hamburg.

Mineiro, who joined Hertha from Sao Paulo on transfer deadline day, cracked in from 30 meters to leave Hamburg three points adrift at the bottom of the Bundesliga.

It was a deflating finish for coach Huub Stevens in his first match since replacing Thomas Doll in one of three coaching switches in the Bundesliga on Wednesday.

Borussia Moenchengladbach were able to celebrate their change of coach by beating Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 for a first win in 14 games on Saturday.

There was no such luck for Bayern Munich, however, with the faltering champions losing 3-0 at Nuremberg in Ottmar Hitzfeld's first game back in charge on Friday.

With 20 games played, Bayern are down in fourth place with 34 points, eight behind leaders Werder Bremen and Schalke, who meet at the Weserstadion on Sunday.

Third-placed Stuttgart, with 35 points, are also in action on Sunday when they travel to face Borussia Dortmund.

Hertha stay in fifth place with 33 points, now just one behind Bayern.

Hamburg got a couple of lucky breaks early in their game against Hertha. The first came in the ninth minute when Marko Pantelic won a penalty only to chip it weakly to the right of Frank Rost, giving him an easy save.

The second saw them take the lead in the 33rd minute, as an unconvincing long shot from Alexander Laas squeezed through the hands of keeper Christian Fiedler.

If Hamburg thought their luck had changed for good they were sadly mistaken.

First, Arne Friedrich made the most of slack marking to head in from Gilberto's left-wing free-kick and get the equaliser in the 78th minute.

Then, with just seconds remaining, Mineiro celebrated this week's transfer with a cracking effort, within 20 minutes of coming on as a substitute.

It left Jos Luhukay of Moenchengladbach as the only new coach celebrating this weekend. Gladbach's victory moved them up a place to 16th, within touching distance of safety.


Mineiro's strike flies in to leave luckless Hamburg trailing by three points in the table.

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