Juventus midfielder Matuidi lashed home an angled finish after just three minutes in Sofia, which leaves Les Bleus a point clear of Sweden and crucially with fate in their own hands ahead of the visit of Belarus on Tuesday.
Bosnia's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup, meanwhile, suffered a blow after the squad lost at home 4-3 against Belgium, which has already secured a berth in Russian Federation. Those results mean the likes of Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland (the latter two face off in a victor takes all meeting on Monday) will be guaranteed a playoff place if they win their final games.
The other game in the group sees Gibraltar, who are without a point, host Estonia.
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That result meant that France went into their match with Bulgaria two points behind the Swedes at the top of the Group. It was a nervy performance from the French, who endured long spells of pressure from the Bulgarians and saw N'Golo Kante pick up a hamstring injury after just half an hour, although victory at home to Belarus on Monday will secure their place in Russian Federation.
The Netherlands grabbed a 3-1 win over Belarus at the Borisov Arena thanks to two late goals.
The likes of Wales and Scotland were left indebted to Belgium, who beat Bosnia 4-3 to stay top of their group but more importantly, push Bosnia down the second placed table, meaning Wales and Scotland have a better chance to be a "best placed runner up" and enter the play-off's.
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If losing the ODI series wasn't enough for the Australian team, their captain Steve Smith has been ruled out for the T20 series . Indian pace all-rounder was also among the wickets as he sent back the out of form Travis Head for just nine runs.
However, with Portugal's only loss having been away to the Swiss, Ronaldo and co have an opportunity to top the group if they can win the crunch clash between the pair in Lisbon on Tuesday.
Portugal claimed an unconvincing 2-0 win over minnows Andorra at Estadi Nacional.
Cristiano Ronaldo finally opened the scoring in the 63rd minute before André Silva secured the win in the 86th.
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Faroe Islands drew 0-0 against Latvia in a Group B match on Saturday.