The fragility of life has been the focus of thoughts for Leicester City this week. Training has come secondary to talking.
That sense of somberness will take a long time to shift but back on the pitch, back where normality could briefly blossom, the ferocity of football took its grip.
For 90 minutes, that luminous yellow ball felt like the most important thing in the world.
MATCH FACTS, LIVE LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Cardiff (4-3-3): Etheridge 7; Manga 6, Morrison 6.