Palace rallied and were back on level terms in the 75th minute when Zaha, collecting the ball on the left, turned Montoya inside out and then unleashed a powerful shot past helpless Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
"They are the champions, they have all the assets to be called the best team in Europe. We will have to use all our hard work and our experience.
Everton and Arsenal, both trying to secure new managers, meet in the early kickoff at Goodison Park. Bottom club Watford host Manchester United on Sunday.
The good-natured Dong remembers well Ferguson's thoughtful act for what was the striker's first Christmas in Britain.
He occasionally pops back to England to watch matches and stays up into the early hours to see United games on television in China.
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Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas is eyeing a top-three finish next season as he hopes to break the rankings stranglehold of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Chelsea face German giants Bayern Munich, while Paris Saint-Germain, who impressed in the group stage and will be trying to avoid a fourth successive last-16 exit, will take on Borussia Dortmund.
But Chinese developers are not giving up, and continue to maintain an "impressive" fight in each category, the report said.
"He is an important player and tomorrow, he will be prepared like everyone else."
The one team who want Liverpool's record to carry on more than any other, the Toffees were fourth at Christmas in both 2002-03 and 2004-05 under David Moyes. The Scotsman left to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013 and Everton have struggled since. Having just sacked Marco Silva despite a summer of investment, ex- striker Duncan Ferguson is caretaker boss as they look for a new manager.