- Brazil moved clear in second place after a thumping victory over Bolivia
- Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho were both on target
- Neymar opened scoring while Filipe Luis and Gabriel Jesus completed rout
- Barcelona forward was bloodied by a blow to the head during the contest
- Bolivia have not won a World Cup qualifier away from home since 1993
Bolivia had not won a World Cup qualifier away from home since 1993 but Brazil were still excellent, particularly in the first half, when they scored four of their five goals.
Neymar, who was substituted late on after receiving a nasty blow to the side of the head from a flailing elbow, opened the scoring after just 10 minutes when he dispossessed Ronaldo Raldes on the halfway line and then worked a one-two with Gabriel Jesus, who left him with a simple tap in.
Barcelona forward Neymar received a blow to the head during Brazil's 5-0 win over Bolivia
The Brazil star was a marked man during the game in Natal but Bolivia went a step too far
Yasmani Duk planted an elbow into the side of Neymar's head in his attempts to win the ball
Bolivia defender Duk is nutmegged by getting too close to Neymar - injuring the player
Neymar receives treatment from Brazil's medical staff, but it did not stop him from playing on
Philippe Coutinho doubled their lead 15 minutes later when he capitalised on great work from Giuliano and Dani Alves to poke home from close range.
Filipe Luis started the move for the third in his own half and after feeding Neymar, got the return pass and slotted the ball inside Carlos Lampe's near post
Gabriel Jesus gave them a 4-0 lead two minutes before half time when he deftly chipped Neymar's pass over Lampe.
Substitute Roberto Firmino scored the fifth from a corner after 75 minutes, meaning Brazil stay in second place in the 10-team South American qualifying group.
Neymar slots home the opener as Brazil continued their fine start under new coach Tite
Giuliano and Gabriel Jesus celebrate with Neymar after the Barca forward put his side in front
It has been a long time since a Brazil coach had the pleasure of being hailed as a hero by fans, but cries of 'Ole, ole, ole, ole... Tite! Tite!' reflect what a fine start the former Corinthians boss has made.
Only three games after getting the job and winning his third consecutive match for Brazil, nearly all 30,000 supporters at the Arena das Dunas in sunny Natal, the country's Northeast, reflected the national mood.
Liverpool's 'magician' Philippe Coutinho doubled the hosts' lead after 25 minutes of the game
Former Chelsea full-back Filipe Luis slots home a third after a nice interchange with Neymar
Giuliano was handed a rare start in midfield as Brazil showed the depth of their squad
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The 55-year-old spoke of his surprise at having his name chanted so soon into his tenure, saying: 'I leave tonight happy due to the warmth and heartfelt acceptance of the fans.
'Every one of my players worked hard and we have to be happy with our performance.
'Of course, I'm delighted, but they could have also screamed the name of the physiotherapist, who has worked wonders in recuperating my players.'
Soon-to-be Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus continued his excellent form in front of goal
Gabriel celebrates his second international goal in his fourth appearances on Thursday night
Liverpool playmaker Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score a late fifth for Brazil
The five-time World Cup winners take the applause from the home supporters in humid Natal
The top four qualify automatically for Russia 2018 with the fifth place side playing the Oceania champions in an inter-continental showdown.
After victories over Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia, Brazil have moved up to second in the table with 18 points, one behind leaders Uruguay. Bolivia remain ninth with seven points.
If Tite's side beat Venezuela, in Merida, and Uruguay fail to win at Colombia next week, the Brazilian supporters that once feared the humiliation of not even qualifying for the World Cup will instead see their team perched at the top of the group.
'We feel that the atmosphere here has changed for the better,' said the experienced Juventus right-back Dani Alves.