Neal Maupay fired the visitors into a 54th-minute lead but Palace star Zaha drew the Eagles level against the Seagulls with a fine solo effort 15 minutes from time at Selhurst Park.
Brazilian Neymar then missed the chance to make it three from the penalty spot just after the hour mark, his spot kick clipping the outside of the post, before Mauro Icardi made it 13 goals in all competitions this season with a tap-in 11 minutes later.
Later, as criticism began, the league issued a statement saying "true art is provocation."
Zidane added, "We never thought this game would not go ahead. What we have to do is put all our energy into the match because the rest, we could spend a week talking about it."
Barcelona will play Napoli for the first time as the Catalan giants, five-time European champions, attempt to move on from last season's painful semifinal loss to Liverpool.
He added, "We have Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, who are there, and have always been there. And what I need to do is go the extra mile and surpass them and that's going to be the biggest challenge for next year, I need to surpass one of them in order for me to finish in the top-three next year."
But he has no regrets, calling it "a dream" to join the club he supported, and is discovering a newfound joy in passing on his football knowledge to China's next generation at the Dong Fangzhuo Football Club.
"It is therefore obvious to us that the restructure decision must be withdrawn and the court case settled with us first," he said.
Some are barely old enough to kick a ball, some have physical limitations, but they know Dong's story.
Having won only three of their opening 12 league games, a run that led to the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, they have won four out of five under Mourinho to climb to fifth and have reached the last 16 of the Champions League.
Serena Williams is running out of opportunities to win the 24th Grand Slam singles title that would pull her level with Margaret Court's record.
He is aware of the claims that United bought him just to sell shirts in China, but counters that the club brought him back from Belgium in 2007 as proof they valued him on the pitch.
Martin Montoya and Yves Bissouma came in for Brighton, with Dale Stephens suspended, and Steven Alzate dropped to the bench.
"And although they may have some physical limitations, their kind of concentration, their seriousness... that passion actually moves me."
The good-natured Dong remembers well Ferguson's thoughtful act for what was the striker's first Christmas in Britain.
"This uptick happened chiefly at the expense of Chinese apps, which fell from their lead position to 38% from 43% in 2018. Altogether, Chinese and Indian apps make up almost four-fifths (79%) of the list," the report said.
Following a goalless first half, Brighton went ahead in the 54th minute when Maupay, controlled a cross from Leandro Trossard and let fly with his left foot from the edge of the box.
Another side who have been top at Christmas, in the 1999-2000 season, Leeds have also been second at the same point in 1993-94 and fourth in both in 1997-98 and 2001-02. Financial mismanagement saw them drop to the second tier and the side who reached the semifinals of the Champions League in 2000-01 are still in the Championship. They are favorites to come up under the charismatic Marcelo Bielsa, though.
Mbappe then ended any question of a Saint-Etienne comeback a minute before the break when he swiftly collected Neymar's brilliant through ball before sweeping his finish past Stephane Ruffier.
The Ukraine forward wrote an open letter to Rayo's supporters denying any links to neo-Nazi groups but some fans still attended his first training session with a banner that read Vallecas was "not a place for Nazis."
"We were very much encouraged by your victory, and we are grateful that you are the first runners," said Mikio Date, a member of Japanese comedy duo Sandwich Man who announced the runners.
Tottenham Hotspur, beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in last season's final in Spain, will lock horns with Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig, who are through to the knockout stage for the first time. Spurs can count on the experience of new coach Jose Mourinho - a two-time winner of the competition, with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.